- 13th Century
- 15th Century
- 17th Century
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- 19th Century
- 1921 Typewriting machines replace handwriting on search sheets
- 1934 Photocopying is introduced to Registers of Scotland
- 1948 Office of ‘the keeper’ splits into two bodies
- 1976 Registers of Scotland moves from Register House to Meadowbank House
- 1979 The Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 introduces the map-based Land Register
- 1981 The Land Register goes live
- 1993 Work begins to digitise the General Register of Sasines
- 1999 Launch of Registers Direct
- 2002 Last legal ceremony of sasine
- 2003 The final county is moved from the General Register of Sasines to the Land Register
- 2007 Customers register deeds online
- 2012 Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012
- 2014 Land Register Completion
- 2017 Registers of Scotland celebrates 400 years of land registration
First written records of the ancient ‘sasine’ ceremony
First written records of the ancient 'sasine' ceremony, where people handed over earth and stones as a symbolic transfer of land.
First inventory and register is housed in Edinburgh Castle
First written records of ownership not granted by the crown
The 1617 Registration Act of the old Scots Parliament
The 1617 Registration Act of the old Scots Parliament allows individuals to have their deeds recorded in official registers. The first land register in the world begins – the General Register of Sasines.
Records are moved to Parliament Hall on the Royal Mile
Purpose built repository commissioned
First purpose-built record repository in the world is commissioned: Register House in Edinburgh.
Land Register Scotland Act reforms
The Land Register Scotland Act introduces reforms to the Sasine and other registers. All information relating to land and property is now recorded in presentment books, sorted by county, and held centrally in Edinburgh.
Search sheets are introduced
Search sheets are introduced to reduce the time and cost of searching and producing the registers.
Typewriting machines replace handwriting on search sheets
Photocopying is introduced to Registers of Scotland
Office of ‘the keeper’ splits into two bodies
Office of ‘the keeper’ splits into two bodies: the General Register Office of Scotland and the Registers of Scotland.
Registers of Scotland moves from Register House to Meadowbank House
The Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 introduces the map-based Land Register
The Land Register goes live
The Land Register goes live, progressively replacing the General Register of Sasines, county by county.
Work begins to digitise the General Register of Sasines
Launch of Registers Direct
Registers Direct is launched, providing online access to the Land Register.
Last legal ceremony of sasine
The last legal ceremony of sasine is performed as Glenmorangie hand over the land of St Mary’s chapel in Easter Ross to the Cadbol Trust.
The final county is moved from the General Register of Sasines to the Land Register
Customers register deeds online
Customers can register their title deeds online for the first time as ARTL (automatic registration of title to land) goes live.
Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012
The Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 allows the introduction of electronic documents, signatures and registration, and the phasing out of the General Register of Sasines.
Land Register Completion
Scottish ministers invite Registers of Scotland to complete the Land Register in ten years, with all public land registered in five years.
Registers of Scotland celebrates 400 years of land registration
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