‘Sasine’: Celebrating 400 years in poetry

To celebrate the rich history of the General Register of Sasines, Scotland’s makar Jackie Kay has written a poem to tie in with its 400th anniversary. Read the verse by the country’s third national laureate below. Sasine // Jackie Kay Then my auld freend, as the furst sign Let’s haund ower a clod o’ earth And ken that ye and I will keep our wurd … Continue reading ‘Sasine’: Celebrating 400 years in poetry

Five things you probably don’t know about Registers of Scotland

In 400 years of registering and managing land in Scotland, we’ve picked up a quirky fact or two along the way. If our World Heritage Day article piqued your interest about our storied institution, then here are five extra things you probably didn’t know about the Registers of Scotland… The sasine ceremony Official property transfers in Scotland have a long and varied history, with the first written record … Continue reading Five things you probably don’t know about Registers of Scotland

Innovation Heritage: 400 years to the future

Curious about how a 400-year-old organisation can go fully digital? In excerpts from her Innovation Heritage lecture in Edinburgh, Janet Egdell — our operations director — explains how our history is informing our future. Before official records began, the ancient ceremony of ‘sasine’ (exchanging a clod of earth) marked the transfer of land ownership – something Outlander fans may be familiar with! The ceremony later … Continue reading Innovation Heritage: 400 years to the future