WS and RoS Joint Land Registration Conference

The 2012 Act: Where are we now? Tuesday 20 May 2014 9.00 am – 12.45 pm Signet Library, Edinburgh Following the success of last year's sold out conference on the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012, the WS Society and Registers of Scotland will come together to host a joint update conference for all property law practitioners and professional advisors. Deputy Keeper of the Signet and commercial property expert, Caroline Docherty WS (Consultant, Morton Fraser) will chair a morning conference with a focus on the practicalities of the new regime. ... more

Sir Walter Scott manuscript

Sir Walter Scott manuscript A unique manuscript “The Eve of St John” owned by the WS Society, is the subject of current academic research. More... ... more

WS Scotland's Future Conference 2014

Questions for the Scottish legal profession Tuesday 18 March 2014 9.00 am – 12.45 pm Signet Library, Edinburgh 2014 is a pivotal year for Scotland. It is vital for the legal profession to explore the consequences of the independence referendum. As many voters as possible must be encouraged to engage in the debate. ... more

WS Charities Conference 2014

Charities and the Scottish Independence Referendum – Legal and Governance Issues Thursday 13 February 2014 9.00 am – 12.45 pm Signet Library, Edinburgh The 2014 WS Charities Conference will focus on the impact of independence on the Scottish charity sector. From a position of impartiality the conference programme addresses the topics every charity lawyer, charity trustee and advisor to the sector needs to know. ... more


Welcome to The Signet Library

The Signet Library in the centre of Edinburgh’s old town is synonymous with prestige and Georgian elegance. Steeped in history, the building, with its lower and upper libraries, was completed in 1822 in time for the celebrated visit to Edinburgh of King George IV who described the upper library as “the finest drawing room in Europe”. The Signet Library continues to be owned by The Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet (also known as The WS Society) – an association of Scottish lawyers and one of the oldest professional bodies in the world. The Society’s origins lie in the 15th century as the “writers” of documents sealed with “the Signet”, the private seal of the Scottish Kings – hence “Writers to the Signet” or “WS”.