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Scottish Non ~ Peerage Title of Laird...?

Can anyone who buys a parcel of land in Scotland, legally refer to themselves as Laird? Also, can you legally affix this title onto the front of your given name and to legal documents? Lastly, do you have to hold a citizenship in Scotland to purchase land?

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  • vor 9 Jahren
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    As far as I know its the equivalent of sticking esq. after your name. i.e. Laird simply means Landowner in Scots law whe used as a title for small plot landowners and has no legal standing and it's a non legal term. It is NOT the equivalent of Lord. You can but the plot of land if your not a UK residentas it's held in trust usually.

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  • vor 3 Jahren

    Laird Of Lochaber

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  • vor 9 Jahren

    1. The title 'laird' has no legal force in Scotland or in anywhere else. And in Britain you can call yourself anything you like provided it isn't offensive or done to defraud, so you can legally call yourself Laird, Grand Panjandrum or Ambassador of the Planet Zog if you want. Nobody can stop you, but you can't stop people sniggering at you, either!

    2. No, anyone who buys a parcel of land in Scotland in *not* a Laird. Back in the feudal Scotland of the 15th century a laird was a major landowner who held his estate directly of the crown, rather than from another landowner who in turn held his estate from the crown. Such a landowner was entitled to attend parliament. Since the dismantling of the feudal system the word has come to mean the owner of a *substantial* and *distinct* (i.e. known by name) estate that is not within a town, village or burgh.

    To be 'Laird of Estate X' you must own the *whole* of Estate X; there can, by definition, not be more than one person entitled to be called 'Laird of Estate X'. The scam merchants like the one in the link who sell you a square foot of land in Lochaber and say that that entitles you to be one of hundreds of people all calling themselves 'Laird of Lochaber' are simply fibbing. You could only be Laird of Lochaber if you owned the whole of Lochaber - a massive chunk of Western Scotland.

    3. No, there is no bar to foreign nationals buying land in Scotland. But if you do buy a patch of land in Scotland big enough to park a camping stool on, stay home! Don't come to Scotland calling yourself 'Laird' - you'll be laughed out of town.

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  • Anonym
    vor 9 Jahren

    Only if a Scots parcel of land is a "caput baroniae" does it carry a lairdship with it. in which case you can actually apply to the Lord Lyon Court for either a grant of arms or recognition of yourself as such...expect to pay a LOT for that! Research it well beforehand, though, as in England at any rate some of the "lords of manors" type titles have been seperated in a lwaful way from their respective ancient manors and estates, and have been solf off seperately;so that, if you seek to acquire a title that way, sometimes all you acquire in law is the land itself. Consult a RELIABLE attorney who deals with such things, as there are MANY scams out there. Possibly the Lord Lyon Court, which is a part of the Scots government, will suggest a GOOD attorney...or check their records for one who has successfully presented cases beofre. None of this is FREE or automatic, so there will be fees to become a REAL Laird...but yes, if you did not inherit nobiliary status, this IS a possible path to acquiring some...as the ownership of certain ancient estates is logic enough for Lord Lyon to consider you eligible for a grant of arms.

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  • vor 9 Jahren

    No.

    Laird is roughly the equivalent of the English Squire: a major landholder with a manor, a village, a church, and all sorts of tenants. Owning land, by itself, does not make you a Laird; in spite of the "buy 1 square foot" people.

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    vor 9 Jahren

    No. While "laird" is not the equivalent of the English "lord," (it's more or less the equivalent of the untitled "landed gentry" in England, that is, the honorific "Squire"), real lairds hold their titles by inheritance through long generations.

    PLEASE don't fall for this sort of thing. It's a scam.

    See below:

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  • vor 9 Jahren

    Many years ago LAPHROAIG WHISKY had an offer,every time you bought a bottle of the "Nectar" you got a square foot of land on ISLAY,needless to say I "Have 50sq ft of "land "but I am no Laird !

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