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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Land

Can I leave my land to anyone?

Your may leave your land to anyone. Should you wish to do so, you should include it in your Will.

The person to whom you leave your land should request a Reissue of Documents.

You can also sell your land, but there are two restrictive covenants in place. One prevents shooting and the second prevents your Estate from being subdivided.

 

Do you have to be a certain age in order to purchase land?

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.

Can I visit my land?

Yes, and we encourage you to do so in order to get the most enjoyment from your land owning experience.

Please see our Visit Us page for more details.

What can I do with my land?

As the new owner, you can come and find your plot; take a walk in the woods, take a photograph of your Estate, and picnic by the river.

The land is managed as a nature reserve, and you will be able to enjoy bird watching, fungi spotting, country pursuits and lots of tranquillity.

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.

How will I know which plot is mine?

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 – at the moment. 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.

http://gridreferencefinder.com

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.

What species of tree will you plant on my plot?

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.

Ordering

I had to specify a date on the certificate. Will you send the certificate now or later?

We will print any date you choose on the certificate. All orders are dispatched within 48 hours. The majority of orders are dispatched within 24 hours.

Can I purchase a plot for someone other than me?

Yes; most people do! 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 to specify a message to be enclosed for the new Laird/Lady/Lord and for the pack to be shipped directly to them, we can do that too. It is all part of the service, as is customising the deeds with a special date i.e. a birthday or anniversary.

Can I purchase plots next to each other?

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.

How do I redeem my voucher code/retail pack registration code?

Please visit http://www.highlandtitles.com/registration and enter the code exactly as it appears on your voucher/registration card.

The Title

What is a Master Title Deed?

The Master Title Deed is basically a Deed Poll. A Deed Poll is a legal document that provides evidence of your wish to change your name. Deed Polls are most commonly used in cases of marriage or divorce when effecting a change from Miss to Mrs or vice versa.

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.

Guide on how to use a Master Title Deed.

What if I get married or change my name?

Simply request a reissue of documents.  There is a small cost (£4.99) associated with this request – http://www.highlandtitles.com/online-shop/19/reissue-of-documents/

Can I change the name on my bank account, credit cards etc?

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.

Please note that government documents which do not display any title, such as all passports and in some jurisdictions your drivers licence, cannot be changed.

My bank has refused to recognise my Master Title Deed. What should I do now?

Simply inform your bank that your Master Title Deed is a Deed Poll, and that you are notifying them – not asking them – that you have changed your name.  No bank  – or any other agency for that matter – has any say in your change of name.

It is sometimes worth asking to see the banks written policy on changes of name or title.  We do not know of any bank that has such a policy.  That being the case, you may just have encountered an unhelpful clerk and you could complain about their poor service.

Legal

Are there any hidden charges, taxes, or future payments to make?

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.

Must I register my land?

No. You cannot register your land, because this is 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 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:

You will receive a copy of the Certificate of Sale and a Plot ID card in your pack which confirms that ownership has been transferred to you.

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.

How can I show proof of ownership?

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 him 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.

Do I need public liability insurance?

The risk of someone injuring himself 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

>UK Insurance Limited t/as NIG, The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds, UK
We advise that there is therefore no need for you to hold additional insurance to cover your estate.

How can you sell me a title?

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.

Who is Lord Lyon?

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”:

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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.

Court of the Lord Lyon
Court of the Lord Lyon
HM New Register House
Edinburgh EH1 3YT

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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.

Contact Us

What is your phone number?

For customers living in the United Kingdom we offer a free 0800 number (: 0800 619 81 25)

From USA please call Toll Free 1-877 753 3146

From Australia please call Toll Free: 1-800-339 802

From other countries please call: + 44 1481 823938

Please remember that the time in the UK might be different to your time.

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 our customers live all around the world.

Payments

My payment did not go through. How can I pay?

Please go to our Manual Payment page – http://www.highlandtitles.com/manual-payment/ – and pay with a card or PayPal. You will be asked to enter your order number, which looks like LOG_20130725_12345.

If you prefer to pay with any other means, please contact us.

Is payment made securely?

Yes. This website uses SagePay as a payment gateway. SagePay process over 4 billion secure payments every year.

Crest and Tartan

What about the Crest and Tartan?

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.