A guide to land registration and the sasine register in Scotland
Produced in partnership with Gary Donaldson of Millar and Bryce
A guide to land registration and the sasine register in Scotland

The following Property guidance note Produced in partnership with Gary Donaldson of Millar and Bryce provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • A guide to land registration and the sasine register in Scotland
  • The Registers of Scotland
  • Sasine register
  • Land registration pre–8 December 2014 under the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 (LR(S)A 1979)
  • Land Registration from 8 December 2014 under the Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012 (LRE(S)A 2012)
  • What happens when a title is registered for the first time?
  • The cadastral map
  • Indemnity and warranty
  • Voluntary and keeper induced registrations
  • Rectification of the Register

The Registers of Scotland

The Registers of Scotland (ROS) is the Scottish Government Agency responsible for looking after a range of registers, most notably the register of sasines and the Land Register of Scotland which involve interests in land. It is headed up by the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland.

Sasine register

The register of sasines was established in 1617 by the Registration Act 1617 and is a public record of deeds relating to land in Scotland. Its purpose was to provide protection to rights in land by allowing such rights to be publicly recorded.

The register is administered on a regional basis with deeds relating to rights in property being registered in the appropriate county register. Indexes of property and individuals were established allowing a degree of searching to be carried out to identify specific deeds which had been recorded.

In 1876 sasine search sheets were established. These identify the volume and page numbers of all the deeds for a given building or piece of land and can be used as a starting point for searching back in time. The creation of search sheets made the ability to search for individual deeds much more accessible it also provided context against the property to the deed being recorded. The format of a search sheet is based on the principals