What we do

Registers of Scotland (RoS) is the government department responsible for keeping public registers of land, property, and other legal documents in Scotland.

We are headed by the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland who is directly accountable to the Scottish Parliament.

We aim to:

  • register all public land by 2019
  • be a fully digital organisation by 2020
  • complete the Land Register of Scotland by 2024.

Our registers

We are responsible for public records, including the Land Register of Scotland and the General Register of Sasines.

See the registers we hold.

Status and funding

We are a non-ministerial department of the Scottish government. We raise our own funds by charging fees for our services.

We also collect Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) for Revenue Scotland.

Who is in charge?

The current Keeper of the Registers of Scotland is Jennifer Henderson.

Contact us

You can contact us by phone, online, or in person at our offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Edinburgh office

Meadowbank House, 153 London Road, Edinburgh EH8 7AU

DX 555400 Edinburgh 15

Glasgow Office

St Vincent Plaza, 319 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5LP

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Our history

RoS was formed in 1948 when the Office of the Keeper was split into two bodies, separating the registration of births, deaths and marriages from land registration.

However, land registration in Scotland dates back to 13th century when the first land inventory was housed at Edinburgh Castle.

Scotland has the oldest national land register in the world: the General Register of Sasines, which began in 1617.

More about our history

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