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Using the Site

This website is designed to enable you to find out who owns land in Scotland. The core of the site is a collection of individual property pages containing details of particular landholdings. The following notes will help you find what you are looking for and understand the information that is provided.

Coverage

There is no guarantee that you will find the information you are looking for at the moment either because the particular county has not yet been published or because the area of land falls outwith that which has been researched to date.

Searching

If you have a name of a person or property, you can try the text search facility. This will return any record containing reference to text entered (just like a Google search).

Remember that, although the search facility will find any reference to the name in the details of ownership, in many cases land is held by companies and trusts. In some cases I know the names of the people behind these organisations and the search will reveal the property with which they have a connection. However, in many cases I do not know them and thus, although the property you are looking for might exist on the site, it will not yield to a search using any names other than those known about.

Alternatively, if you know which pre-1975 county the property is in you can proceed straight to the county home page and go to the listings of properties and scan these to find the one(s) you are interested in. Click here for a map of Scottish Counties (385kb pdf).

If you have a particular particular parcel of land in mind and know where it is, use the map navigation function.

The Data Fields

What does the data shown on the Property Pages mean?

The Map

See the Mapping page for details of the mapping used and how to interpret it. Please note that in some cases there will be internal boundaries that are not plotted - where, for example, a house or small plot has been sold. In many cases, it would be too time consuming and expensive to plot every single exclusion. Thus, please exercise caution before assuming that 100% of the land within the shaded area is owned by the named owner.

Estate

The estate field provides the name of the landholding. In most cases of farms and estates, the name is straightforward (Cawdor Estate, Dulsie Farm etc.) but in cases where, for example, land has been amalgamated or where private forestry plantations have been established, the name may not be so clear. In such cases I have used common sense and been guided by what appears on the title deeds. Failing this I have used my judgment to provide a name which adequately describes the property. In some cases, large parts of a holding have been sold leaving a remnant. In such cases I have used the name of the estate followed by ‘remnant’ in parenthesis e.g. Coulmony Estate (remnant).

County

All data is organised by county based on the Scottish Counties which existed prior to local government reorganisation in 1975. In some instances, properties which straddle county boundaries have two records, one in each county. An example is Invercauld Estate in Aberdeenshire and Perthshire.

Grid Reference

A six-figure OS grid reference is given which can help to locate the property. The Grid reference is usually either the main residence of an estate or farm or is the approximate centre of the landholding.

Acreage

The extent of the the landholding in acres.

OS 1:50k Sheet

The Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 sale Landranger map on which the property can be found.

Owner

The name given here is the legal owner as recorded in the title deeds. Occasionally some abbreviation is made where the ownership is complex as in the case of, for example, a large landed estate where several trusts might have legal title.

Owner address

The address at which the owner (or principal beneficiary) is ordinarily resident. This will usually equate with the address recorded in the electoral roll. In the cases of Companies, the address is the Registered Office as given in the records of Companies House.

Property address

The address of the property is only provided where there is a postal address for the property. An isolated forestry plantation will not have an address but farms and estates will have. This will differ from the owner’s address where the owner lives elsewhere.

Website

Any website connected with the property is included here.

Further ownership details

This field provides more details on the ownership of the property. It will provide (where known) the Trustees and beneficiaries of private trusts, the Directors and members of Limited Companies, or the proportional division of property between different co-owners.

Contacts

Usually this will be as per owner but in the case of larger estates will usually provide contact details for the estate manager and/or gamekeepers.

Sasines Search Sheet No.

If you wish to find out more details about the property then you should consult the definitive legal record held in the Registers of Scotland. Most properties are still on the Register of Sasines but by April 2003, any future sales of land (though not gifts or inheritance) will be recorded in the Land Register.

Numbers given here indicate the number of the Search Sheet on which deeds (narrating sales, mortgages, leases, some grant payments etc.) affecting the property are recorded. To locate this information, contact the Registers of Scotland. You will need the reference numbers AND a note of the relevant county. Where properties straddle county boundaries the county AND reference number is given to avoid confusion.

Numbers given here indicate the number of the Search Sheet on which deeds (narrating sales, mortgages, leases, some grant payments etc.) affecting the property are recorded. Where properties straddle county boundaries, the county AND reference number is given to avoid confusion.

To locate this information, contact the Registers of Scotland. You will need the reference numbers AND a note of the relevant county.

Land Register Certificate No.

A unique number which references the Title Number on the Land Register. The prefix letters indicate the county and so all that is required to locate the legal title is the full alpha-numeric code.

Currency of Data

Information on landownership is derived from title deeds recorded in the Registers of Scotland. When property is sold, details are submitted to the registers for recording in either the Register of Sasines or the Land Register. The details are then processed and recorded. The date given here indicates the date at which the information shown was last known to be correct with respect to recorded transactions.

For example, suppose we research the ownership of a particular property (say, Ardmore Estate) on 1st April 2002. On that date the Registers will show details of ownership recorded up around a weeks or so prior to this (say 24 March 2002). The Currency of Data will be shown as 24 March 2002.

Thus, there is no guarantee that the property has not changed hands since the date shown in this field (it might also have been sold prior to this date but not yet submitted for recording - delays of months are not unknown). Eventually I aim to conduct a rolling yearly update and so details of ownership should never be more a year out of date. Where I am told that land has changed hands, I will endeavour to update the records immediately.