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Scotland: The Home of the World’s First Land Register (That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!) | Guest Post 

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February 2017 Newsletter

Everyone from the Scottish Crannog Centre to Edinburgh Festivals is celebrating an anniversary in 2017. However, the Registers of Scotland are raising the stakes by taking us all the way back to the 17th century! Dig into our latest guest post to find out more:

For centuries, Scotland has been at the forefront of invention: the television, the telephone and penicillin for starters. But you know about all of these already, right? So in 2017 – the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology – we’re shining a light on one of Scotland’s more unfamiliar innovations, which has upheld the rights of the citizen for centuries.

Did you know Scotland is home to the world’s first national public land register?

Back in 1617, the Registration Act of the old Scots Parliament in Edinburgh gave birth to the General Register of Sasines which – this year – is celebrating its 400th anniversary.

The organisation responsible for the upkeep of land, property and other legal documents is the Registers of Scotland. They’re commemorating this milestone by sharing behind-the-scenes snaps and stories on social media, as well as commissioning a unique piece of public art and sponsoring a Masters student at the University of Glasgow.

Why not discover more about this little-publicised part of Scottish history? Follow @RegistersOfScot on Twitter, have a read of their blog and get involved using #RoS400 across social media.
 
Original Press Release – Registers of Scotland

Robert Burns – Blog

The Story So Far- YouTube

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