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 leader of RoS is known as the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland.

The current keeper is Jennifer Henderson.

Contact us

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

Contact us

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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