400th anniversary

2017 is another big one for Scotland — featuring the Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology festivities — but it’s also a landmark year for the Registers of Scotland. In 2017, we’re celebrating a mammoth 400 years of the world’s oldest national land register, the General Register of Sasines.

What is the General Register of Sasines?

This ancient document — also known as the ‘sasine register’ — is the first ever national public register of property ownership rights. Dating back to 1617 and the Registration Act of the old Scots Parliament, it is a chronological list of land transaction deeds which contain written descriptions of what the ownership covers.

How are we celebrating 400 years?

We’re planning a year of events and partnerships to mark the momentous 400th anniversary. From charity golf tournaments and collaborations with heritage organisations to hosting the highlight of the global land registry calendar, it’s all going on in 2017.

One of the main dates is the Registrars of Title Conference in October. An invite-only event for land registrars across the globe, we’ll be hosting #ROTC2017 in Edinburgh which — fittingly — is not only the home of our modern offices but also of Edinburgh Castle, which housed the first thirteenth-century inventories.

We have also sponsored a Masters in research at the University of Glasgow. Read more about Michael Arthur, the student who won the scholarship and his project supervisor Dr Jill Robbie on our blog insideRoS.

How can you get involved?

We are sharing snaps and stories on our social media channels using the hashtag #RoS400. We’d love you to join in whether that’s by asking us questions about our history through Twitter, watching our fun videos on YouTube or sharing our updates with your own friends on Facebook or LinkedIn.

We’ll also be co-hosting February’s #ScotlandHour on Twitter alongside Dig It! 2017 and David Weinczok (@TheCastleHunter). This is an ideal opportunity to get all your history, heritage and archaeology questions answered by the Twitter community and — of course — you’ll discover even more about #RoS400.

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Sponsorship of a masters degree from University of Glasgow

Blog by Julie Grant, communications officer at RoS

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RoS – 400th anniversary charity golf tournament

Blog by Scott McLear, senior digital manager at RoS.

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