Sasine Register

The General Register of Sasines - also known as the sasine register - is the oldest national land register in the world, dating back to 1617. Its name comes from the old French word 'seizer', which means 'take'.

The sasine register is a chronological list of land deeds, which contain written descriptions of properties. It is gradually being replaced by the map-based land register.

For this reason, it is no longer possible to record the following deeds in the sasine register:

  • a disposition
  • a standard security
  • a lease
  • an assignation of a lease
  • any other deed in so far as it relates to a registered plot of land or to a lease registered in the land register

General guidance

Get help and guidance on the sasine register.

Updated guidance on Legal Writings Act 2015

On 30 June 2015, the keeper published guidance on the registration and recording of documents executed in counterpart. This guidance has been updated to take into account feedback received from external stakeholders on annexations to documents that have been executed in counterpart.

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