400th anniversary commemorative booklet

Published: 27 June 2017

On 28 June 2017, Registers of Scotland (RoS) mark 400 years of the General Register of Sasines, the oldest national land register in the world.

Created by the 1617 Registration Act of the old Scots Parliament, the sasine register allowed individuals to have their deeds recorded in official registers, and RoS and the sasine register have underpinned the Scottish property market, and overall economy, ever since.

To mark this momentous occasion, we’ve brought together the stories, people and projects that have characterised Scottish land registration over the last 400 years, to create this commemorative book. Read on to find out more about RoS, from the world’s first purpose-built records repository, to how we’re revolutionising land registration in Scotland through our dramatic digital transformation.