Derek Oliver brings back the golds

Congratulations on winning two gold medals! How does it feel? It’s brilliant. It was my first Commonwealth Games and to come back with two medals is just unbelievable… And two golds is even better! Let’s rewind a bit. You arrived in Australia days before your first match – how did you train in the run-up to that? We arrived on the 25 March and that … Continue reading Derek Oliver brings back the golds

Five things you might not know about the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland

1 April 2018, was the official first day for the new Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Jennifer Henderson. She succeeds Sheenagh Adams, who held the post since 2009. To mark the occasion, we’ve looked closer at the role of the Keeper, and picked out five things you might not know about this important position. Why are they called a ‘keeper’ anyway? It’s actually a … Continue reading Five things you might not know about the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland

St Giles’ Cathedral added to the Land Register of Scotland

One of Edinburgh’s most iconic and historically significant buildings has joined the Land Register of Scotland. We are delighted that St Giles’ Cathedral has been added to our digital, map-based record of land and property. This registration offered us the chance to reflect on our registers and the stories they contain. When James Joyce wrote his masterpiece, Ulysses, he said “I want to give a … Continue reading St Giles’ Cathedral added to the Land Register of Scotland

Recording Scotland’s haunted properties

It’s Halloween – the perfect time for a ghost story. At RoS, with thousands of properties and centuries of history on our registers, we have more than a few to share – read on for some spooky stories to get you in the Halloween spirit (pun intended). Edinburgh Castle With almost a thousand years of history behind its walls, it’s unsurprising that Edinburgh Castle makes … Continue reading Recording Scotland’s haunted properties

On our registers: John Rae

A lot of what we do here at Registers of Scotland (RoS) is future-focused. Whether its new digital services or completion of the land register, we’re looking forward. History is a big part of Scotland’s story though, and we hold huge amounts of it in our registers. For example, the 30 September marks the birthday of John Rae, a central figure in Arctic exploration, and … Continue reading On our registers: John Rae

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