RoS keeps the records of who owns Scotland’s property and land, from huge estates to back gardens, from famous landmarks to your house. When we came to look at the colours to use in our publications and website it seemed obvious that we should draw our inspiration from the very buildings and land that we register. So we chose from stones that not only form the land mass of our country but also is feature in many of its finest buildings.
Sandstone gives us red and gold and can be seen in many of our great buildings including Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow and the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. Sandstone is a sedimentary rock formed from layers of sand particles pressed down and bonded together with natural cements.
Slate gives us Blue and Grey and examples of buildings using it include Glamis Castle and Crathes Castle. Slate describes rock that can be easily split into thin sheets and from the 18th Century onwards was mainly used for roofing purposes.
Limestone gives us light and dark green and is found mainly in the Limekilns (Dunfermline) area of Scotland and was used in areas such as Edinburghs New Town and in buildings such as Wardlaw Mausoleum. Limestone is formed by the accumulation of fragments of marine organisms such as coral and broken shells.
Granite gives us black and white and is usually associated with Aberdeen where Marischal College and His Majestys' Theatre are fine examples. Granite is a fine-grained igneous rock formed by the slow cooling of molten material containing different chemicals and minerals.
As well as the new RoS colour scheme we also wanted to make sure that our website represented the people behind the organisation. To do this we asked staff to provide photographs of buildings and places that have a special meaning or memory for them and have used the photographs they provided to enhance the site. Many of the photographs feature phrases from staff about why the places they photographed are special to them. We hope you enjoy looking at them.
The main purpose of this site however is not in its colours or its photographs but in the information it contains. We hope it can be of assistance to you whether you use it as part of your work, for research or simply to get the latest property prices. We have tried to make the navigation easy and the language simple. That said, because of the legal nature of some of our content, that is not always easy. RoS is not just about land and property. We have a number of other registers and by looking through the site you will find out about the complete range of work we do and the services we provide. Most of all we are about recording and safeguarding your rights.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our site and that you will come back often. The web team would also like to thank all of those who help make this site possible particularly colleagues who shared their special places with us.
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