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We often get asked questions, we have answered the most common ones below but if you are still not sure then please contact us.
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Many of our customers decide to ask their bank to add their new title to their bank account and their credit cards. We include in each gift pack the Master Title Deed, accepted in many jurisdictions internationally which recognise Deed Poll documents. The Master Title Deed may be used to confirm your new title to your bank and even government agencies. Where local law permits, this will enable you to change the title on documents to Laird, Lord or Lady.
The Master Title Deed operates as a Deed Poll. Deed Polls is rely on a person’s right to adopt the identity of their choice and asserts their intention to do so. The Master Title deed thus gives effect to a person’s right to adopt a title that they have decided to use and asserts their intention to do so. Owners of a small Scottish estate have every right to adopt the title of Laird (Lord) or Lady. The Master Title Deed gives effect to your choice.
No. There are no land taxes in Scotland and absolutely no other costs associated with buying or owning this land. We maintain public liability insurance over the entire wood which will continue in force after your purchase. You will have no further expense to pay after the initial purchase price.
No. You cannot register your land, because this is a such a small plot; specifically it is defined as a “souvenir plot”. A souvenir plot is defined in the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 as “a piece of land which, being of inconsiderable size or no practical utility, is unlikely to be wanted in isolation except for the sake of mere ownership or for sentimental reasons or commemorative purposes”. This inability to register the land does not prevent us transferring personal ownership of the plot to you which you can in turn sell on to another party, or gift to your heirs in due course.
Unlike in England, Scotland still permits the sale of souvenir plots of land land under contract law without the requirement for registration. Although a right of ownership in land (in the sense of a right that is enforceable against third parties) can traditionally only be obtained by registration in the Land Register or by recording a deed in the Register of Sasines as appropriate, under Scottish law these small plots of land can be sold without the expense of registration which would otherwise make this uneconomical.
As the Scottish Law Commission wrote in 2005, in the Discussion Paper on Land Registration: Registration, Rectification and Indemnity:
For further information please read: How Souvenir Land is Sold in Scotland. Scottish law of property is complex. Our sales are made with the advice of our Scottish solicitors, J. & H. Mitchell W.S. of Pitlochry, Perthshire, whose Legal Advice has ensured that the land is legally transferred to you.
Can you tell me about the law governing souvenir land sales in Scotland?
‘Souvenir’ plots of land have been sold in Scotland for over 30 years. The sale of these plots is governed by the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979. Please note that this act does not permit souvenir plots of land to be added to the Land Register.
However, someone who purchases a souvenir plot of land does obtain a right of ownership. Provided that the land can be identified, the purchaser obtains a personal right to the land and reputable vendors such as Highland Titles provide a precise geographical location for each souvenir plot. The purchase of a souvenir plot creates beneficial ownership although not what is known in conveyancing terms as a ‘real right’, which can be described as a right of ownership enforceable against third parties and capable of being recorded in the Register of Sasines or registered in the Land Register of Scotland.
Of course, it is hard to imagine the circumstances in which a purchaser of a souvenir plot would need the extra level of protection that would be provided by registration, given that the land sold by Highland Titles is managed as a nature reserve.
Owners of souvenir plots are reassured by the fact that there are other forms of heritable property in Scotland for which the title cannot be registered in the Land Register. For example, some forms of shared interest in salmon fishings – such as a right to fish for salmon from one boat on a loch – also cannot be registered, but is a valid form of ownership that can be passed down from one generation to the next. Similarly, most timeshare interests in property are not registered in the Land Register but are nonetheless valid ownerships without limit of time. Arrangements other than registration in the Land Register need to be made for these unregistered forms of ownership of heritable property and Highland Titles provide proof of ownership in the form of a Certificate of Sale and an ISO standard CR80 card, which should be retained to prove that title has passed to the bearer.
A question asked in the Scottish Parliament by MSP Mike Russell about Scottish souvenir land plot sales was answered by MSP Ross Finnie, then the Minister for the Environment and Rural Development. He clarified that “Inability to register a souvenir plot means that the purchaser can only get a personal right of ownership. He or she cannot get a ‘real’ right protected by the state guarantee that underpins a registered title,” and that the rights and responsibilities of the new owners would be of a personal nature. He finished his reply by observing that “The Registers of Scotland have no knowledge of any problems caused by them.”
The right to purchase souvenir plots of land is thus enshrined in Scottish law, and the economy of Scotland has had the benefit of this provision for over 30 years.
We are pleased to be able to offer you the right to beneficial ownership of a souvenir plot from our estate in Scotland.
Can you tell me about the Highland Titles Tartan?
As Laird (Lord) or Lady of Glencoe, you will also be entitled to wear the Highland Titles Tartan.This has been specially created for us by tartan designer Dougal Wilson and is registered at The Scottish Register of Tartans for exclusive use by the Lairds of Glencoe.
For those of you who want a kilt or other Highland attire, we have partnered with Lochcarron of Scotland, manufacturer of prestigious woven fabrics, to create the perfect kilt fabric for your local kilt maker to work with. Please purchase from our shop.
What can I do with the land – can I pitch my tent?
As the new owner, you can come and visit; take a walk in Glencoe Wood, take a photograph of your Estate, and picnic by the river. You will be able to enjoy bird watching, fungi spotting, country pursuits and lots of tranquility. You are welcome to plant a tree or scatter Ashes. If your estate is a large one (100 sqft or larger), you may wish to put your tent up and stay for a few days. As there may be a tree on your plot (it IS a wood), we permit large plot owners to camp anywhere on the estate.
The land is zoned as woodland so development (a house for example) would not be permitted by the local Planning Authority.
We sell four different plot sizes. 1, 10, 100 or 1000 square foot.
In order to legally transfer your personal right to the plot we need to be able to define its location precisely. We do this by providing you with the exact location, using the UK Ordnance Survey reference system, to the nearest millimetre. The location of each plot is unique. Even using a professional surveyor it may be impossible to precisely locate the smallest plots we sell – yet. GPS accuracy continues to improve. However we also provide you with an estimate of the latitude and longitude of your plot to help you locate it with GPS systems that do not use the OS system such as the iPhone and many inexpensive GPS devices whose primary purpose is car travel. Using such familiar items you will be able to reach the area of your plot.
To view your plot on a map, we recommend Grid Reference Finder
To demonstrate on Plot C12813, the OS co-ordinates are 197500000 753684000
This particular OS reference translates to 97500000 53684000 in the NM square. Simply remove the first digit from each number and add the letters NM to the beginning, to give NM9750000053684000. Enter in the “Grid Reference” box on the web site and press “Go” to produce the map below.
Use the plus and minus buttons on the left hand side to zoom in or out to get a clearer view of your plot.
The physical location of each plot is not marked on the ground, though we do not object to you marking it once you have found it. We believe that a wood carpeted with thousands of marker poles would be unattractive, even if practical. Several plot owners have placed memorial stones, cairns or flags on their plots and this is every landowner’s right.
In order to legally transfer your personal right to the plot we need to be able to identify you. Should you ever purchase registrable land in Scotland your solicitor will require that you identify yourself with a photo ID such as a passport and proofs of your address. We are pleased to say that no such formal requirements exist for souvenir plots!
The purchaser of the plot provides their full name and address plus an email address where we can contact you. We issue the legal documents in the name you provide to us, care of our office, and should we need to contact the new owner, we will do it through you. Prima facie proof of ownership thereafter will reside in possession of the plastic card (Plot Card) that is issued with your documents. Please keep it safe. If anyone uses your land with your permission, please provide them with your card, which they may be required to show to one of our wardens. If you intend to gift, sell or leave the land to anyone, please also transfer possession of the Plot Card.
Absolutely. When you place your order you will be required to enter the name of the new landowner. This can be any name that you like.
If you would like a message enclosed to the new Laird/Lady/Lord and the pack shipped directly to them, then this is all part of the service, as is customising the deeds with a special date i.e. a birthday or anniversary.
You may use your title at any time except for any illegal purpose – such as to commit fraud, or obtain money by deception.
Your land and title can be left to anybody through your Will upon your death or even sold to someone else if you wish to sell the land; after all, it is yours.
There are two covenants on the land. One prevents shooting and the second prevents your Estate from being subdivided.
Yes. As long as the plots are the same size, then all the plots you order at the same time will be next to each other. Any plots ordered later may be part of a different block, though they will be close by.
If you purchase a plot of land from us we will happily add your personal message into the sealed pack at no additional charge. Your gift message will be printed on the bottom of the welcome letter where the recipient cannot fail to read it.
You will be prompted to provide a free personal message for each person at the bottom of the page where you enter your delivery address.
Personal messages are not available to add to accessories when purchased without a land plot.
When you buy a Joint Pack you receive everything that you would otherwise receive by buying two single packs – except: The documents will arrive in a single folder and will have only one (joint) covering letter of welcome from Lady Laura.
You WILL receive two adjacent plots, each belonging to one person, and all the deeds of ownership.
For example, for a ‘joint’ purchase of 100 square feet, you would actually receive 200 square feet of land in total, being 100 square feet under each persons name.
Each plot can be owned by one person only. If you need to buy for a couple, purchase a joint pack or two single packs.
If you add more than one name in error, we will assume that the plot should be registered in the first name.
Yes, whatever date you ask to be used on the documentation, we will still mail your pack without delay, unless instructed otherwise.
No, this is shown to demonstrate that the Deed may be displayed in a frame.
The gift packaging comprises a scarlet red paper, hand wrapped around the pack, with a length of gold ribbon folded around the package and sealed with a gold seal, embossed with the Glencoe Estates Seal “Highland Titles – Glencoe”.
This is then covered with a plastic film to protect the gift wrap in transit and a label is attached to this outer covering to confirm the details of the recipient.
Yes, it is yours after all!
We provide you with a map, map reference and full instructions on how to visit Keil Estate and your piece of Glencoe Wood. Park your car and Glencoe wood is a short walk along a leafy lane along the pretty Salachan Burn. Tell us that you plan to visit and we will endeavour to meet you. Look closely in the spring and you may well see salmon running upstream to spawn!
No, Glencoe Wood lies between Glen Salachan and Glen Duror. There is another wood in Glencoe also called Glencoe Wood and this fragment might once have been contiguous with that. Unfortunately a lot of commercial forestry now lies between our Glencoe Wood and Glencoe, comprising foreign species such as Sitka and Larch. Replacement of these commercial species with appropriate native species is one of our objectives. Glencoe Wood forms an important part of the Highland Titles Nature Reserve and is managed as such.
Only in your eyes.
The Title of Laird is a descriptive title which pertains to the owner of a Scottish Estate. The title Laird of Glencoe may only be used with our permission. Your Spouse or children will need to own their own piece of Scotland. Our Joint Packs make this simple, giving each of you a plot of your own, side by side doubling your land size.
As a Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe, you will be able to display the Glencoe Crest and wear the Glencoe Tartan which has been specially designed for us by local tartan designers “Lochalsh Weavers”. This has been registered with the official Scottish Register of Tartans exclusively for Lairds of Glencoe. http://www.tartanregister.gov.uk
For details of the “crest” that you have our permission to display as a Laird of Glencoe please visit our Heraldry page.
The Lord Lyon is a Scottish Episcopal Church Priest and former city councillor The Rev Canon Dr Joseph Morrow, Chancellor of the Diocese of Brechin, Honorary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee and Chaplain of Glamis Castle.
He is in addition the president of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland, president of the Additional Support Needs Tribunals and a first-tier tribunal judge dealing with asylum and immigration issues.He is also the Dundee council convener of development with membership of both Scottish Enterprise Tayside and Angus and Dundee Tourist boards. In his spare time, he chairs the Dundee Waterfront Development Board and the Trustees of the Tayside Superannuation Fund, and is vice-chairman of the Court of the University of Abertay.
Dr Morrow has an interest in ecclesiastical history and more than 30 years’ experience of the application of the ceremonial within a variety of settings including State, Civil, Military and Ecclesiastical areas. His part-time appointment as Lord Lyon was made on the advice of Alex Salmond, the First Minister of the Scottish Parliament.
This is what the Scottish Government web site says about his office “The Court of the Lord Lyon”:
Court of the Lord Lyon
HM New Register House
Edinburgh EH1 3YT
The Lord Lyon King of Arms has jurisdiction, subject to appeal to the Court of Session and the House of Lords, on questions of heraldry and the right to bear Arms. The Court administers the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland and the Public Register of All Genealogies and Birthbrieves in Scotland. The Lord Lyon, in his administrative capacity, grants Patents of Arms and, in his judicial role, authorises the Matriculation of existing Armorial Bearings. No Armorial Bearings may be used in Scotland unless they are on record in the Public Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland. The Lord Lyon may grant Arms to Scotsmen and women at home and abroad.
The Court does not undertake genealogical research, as the result of such research may be incorporated in a Petition to the Lord Lyon.
The Lord Lyon has no official governance of the sale of land or the adoption of the style of Laird by the new owner, though this is a not uncommon misconception. In a recent letter to one of our customers, Lyon clarifies that he is not involved in the matter of Lairdships.
We cannot sell you a title. We are simply acknowledging your right to use the title of Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe. If you prefer not to assume a title, you will be given that option when you make your land purchase. The advice of Scottish Solicitors, Halliday Campbell is “in Scotland anyone can, subject to requirements of good faith, call themselves whatever they like, including “Laird”, “Lord” or “Lady“.” We do not know of any jurisdiction where this is not true.
If you change your name, for example you marry, the documents can be reissued in your new name. This can be ordered from our Accessories page for a small sum to cover postage and the cost of printing the documents.
The risk that somebody may injure themselves on YOUR plot are slim. However Highland Titles wish to ensure that anyone who does suffer a mishap on the Keil Estate will be compensated. We have therefore taken out £5,000,000 of Property Owners Liability cover from UK Insurance Limited (NIG) who provide specialist investment products and services in areas of sustainable forestry and renewable energy in the UK
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We advise that there is therefore no need for you to hold additional insurance to cover your estate.
We are happy to provide a Certificate of Sale to anyone of any age! Some of our customers are still unborn. This is a very popular Christening gift, so you may order for anyone of any age with confidence.
When you purchase a large plot, we will plant a suitable tree on your behalf. Alternatively one or more trees can be purchased separately from the Accessories Shop.
The tree(s) will almost certainly not be planted on your plot, which is part of Glencoe Wood and already well covered with trees. We plant thousands of trees on the estate every year to create new woodland. This connects relict areas of ancient woodland and extends the area of the estate that can support woodland species of flora and fauna.
The type of tree we plant for you will depend on the type of land we plant it in. It will be a native Scottish broadleaf, probably an oak, rowan, hazel, birch, holly, willow or alder. It will not be an ash until the ash dieback disease is better understood. We cannot place any plaque on the tree, but we are pleased to permit you to do so when you visit your plot.
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Every country has a different way of dialling an international number. In USA it is 011 In UK it is 00 In Australia it is 0011. This is represented as a + Then every country is represented with a number. USA is 1, UK is 44 and Australia is 61. So when we put our phone number on our web site, for anyone in the world to call, it is difficult. The convention, which we follow, is to display it as + 44 (0) 1481 823937. From USA, you would call 00 to get out of the country (that’s the + Then 44 to get to UK. Then 1481 823937. But from the UK you could call either 011 (that’s the +) then 44 to stay in UK, then 1481 823937. Or you could simply call 0 That’s why it is in brackets – to remind people living in the UK to put it in) 1481823937. It may not be perfect. It assumes that our customers know about international dialling. But we can’t think of a better way of showing our phone numbers when most of our customers live all around the world