Registers we hold
We hold 17 public registers.
This is our main register. Introduced in 1981, it’s a register of land and property in Scotland.
The land register is based on the Ordnance Survey map, and contains plans of registered properties.
Set up in 1617, this is the oldest public land register in the world. We’re gradually replacing the sasine register with the land register. ‘Sasine’ comes from the old French word ‘seizer’, which means ‘take’.
This register is a chronological list of land deeds.
A public register of crofts, common grazings, and land held runrig. 'Runrig' means land that is divided into strips that belong to different people.
This register contains information on sites that Scottish Natural Heritage considers to be special due to their natural features.
This register is divided into two parts. It allows certain individuals and types of body to register their interests in buying land.
The Books of Council and Session are part of the Chancery and Judicial Registers. It’s comprised of three registers:
- the Register of Deeds and Probative Writs in the Books of Council and Session
- the Register of Judgments
- the Register of Protests
Chancery and Judicial Registers
The Chancery and Judicial Registers comprise nine registers, in addition to the three that make up the Books of Council and Session.
Register of Inhibitions
This register is intended to publicise the names of parties who are unable to competently grant deeds in relation to property due to bankruptcy, diligence or insolvency. Details about documents relating to these matters are contained in this register.
Register of Great Seal
The Great Seal is a mould that is used to create a wax seal. This is attached to official documents like Acts of the Scottish Parliament as evidence of royal assent.
Register of Quarter Seal
This register is used to record grants of property that have fallen to the Crown.
Register of Cachet Seal
This contains details of royal warrants that have been authenticated with the Cachet Seal, a facsimile of the monarch's signature.
Register of Sheriffs’ Commissions
This records commissions by the Crown in favour of Sheriffs Principal of Scotland.
Register of Crown Grants
This contains details of grants by Crown Departments and Commissioners of Crown Lands.
Register of Service of Heirs
This contains records of 'Service of Heirs', which is a way for someone to prove that they are the closest blood relative of someone who has died. This process allows him or her to inherit property.
Register of Prince's Seal
The Prince's Seal is used to authenticate deeds granted by the Prince and Steward of Scotland. The current holder of these two titles is HRH Prince Charles. This register contain details of the deeds to which this seal has been applied.
Register of Hornings
This register contains records of Letters of Horning, which publicly denounced a debtor as an outlaw. These letters are no longer used, and the function of this register is now fulfilled by the Register of Inhibition.