How to Buy a Title
Buying a traditional ‘Lord’ title for most people is typically a long and near impossible process. If you’re not born into royalty, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get the chance to truly experience what it feels like to have an official royal title, unless you’re willing to wait literally years and pay huge sums of money for the privilege.
A title of Scottish nobility can be gained in 3 ways:
- Buying a barony title. These titles are centuries old and were once attached to a specific area of land. In 2004, these titles became detached from the land and changed from territorial dignities to personal dignities. They can cost tens of thousands of pounds.
- Marrying a person with the current ‘Lord’ title or ‘Lady’ title.
- Receiving an appointment to the House of Lords (which can only be achieved through nomination by the Prime Minister and then confirmation from the Queen).
Not exactly a simple process!
Luckily here at Highland Titles, we offer our community the opportunity to style themselves as Lairds, Lords, and Ladies of Glencoe (our registered trademark) by simply purchasing a souvenir plot of Scottish land. While not an actual title of Scottish nobility, our Lairds, Lords, and Ladies can enjoy some of the perks that a title bestows, without forking out for a barony title.
We have put together a handy guide explaining what you can expect to pay for a title of Scottish nobility and what buying a Highland Titles title actually entails.
How much does it cost to buy a noble title like Sir or Baron?
It is not possible to buy a title such as Sir (or the female equivalent title, Dame). That said, the ‘Cash For Honours‘ political scandal and subsequent inquiry that took place in the UK in 2006 and 2007 was based around evidence to the contrary.
The suggestion was that some wealthy people and prominent businessmen had been donating to the UK Labour Party (then under the leadership of Tony Blair) in exchange for being nominated for peerages and knighthoods.
You can buy Scottish Barony Titles for around £100,000 GBP. If this is something you are considering, we strongly urge you to contact a reputable Scottish solicitor and take legal advice. The legal firm which is perhaps best known in this area is Lindsays. The law is different in England.
Scottish Barony Titles are rarely for sale and not always available.
Scottish Barony Titles are recognised titles of nobility. They used to be classed as a territorial dignity, meaning the title was attached to a piece of land.
Changes to the Scottish law in 2004 resulted in the titles being separated from the land, making them a personal dignity instead.
Buying Lord and Lady Titles
How much is a Lord title?
Lordships (sometimes known as ‘Lord of the Manor’) tend to be the most frequently bought and sold titles in England. To give you an idea of how much you might need to spend if you were to buy a lordship, the title ‘Lordship of the manor of Wimbledon’ sold for over £150,000 in the late 90s. Keep in mind that traditional titles, like other types of investment, generally increase in value over time. So the cost of this Lordship now could easily be double the price it sold for initially. Celebrities have been known to buy Lord titles – a famous example would be when Chris Eubank bought the moniker Lordship of the Manor of Brighton in 1996. Eubank paid around £45,000 for the title in 1996, but the title has actually steadily lost value since then (although it is still worth a hefty £35,000).
How much is a Lady title?
Traditional lady titles are less often bought and sold, so there is less information about how much it would cost to buy a lady title. However, the costs involved are very similar, as typically you’ll only receive a Lady of the Manor title if you buy a manor house.
Alternatively, you can purchase a Highland Titles souvenir plot of land and style yourself as a Lord or Lady for as little as £30!
What do you call a Scottish Lord and what is a Laird Title?
Laird is a Scottish word which translates into English as Lord. The equivalent female title of both Laird and Lord is Lady. Laird titles were traditional courtesy titles afforded to Scottish landowners and people who worked on the estate. Indeed, the word Laird means ‘landowner’. By that definition, you might be wondering if owning land in Scotland makes you a Lord, Laird or Lady? Owning land means that you can style yourself as a Laird or Lady, however, this is of course not the same as a barony title and does not make you a peer of the realm.
Is a Highland Titles title the same as a nobility title?
When you buy a souvenir plot from Highland Titles, you get permission to use our registered trademarks, and style yourself as a Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe and join our 200,000+ community. This is lighthearted fun and celebrates your legal ownership of a souvenir plot of Scottish land, which you can refer to as your ‘estate’!
This is, of course, not the same as having a hereditary title or Lord of the Manor title but gives you the opportunity to style yourself as such, which can afford some of the same fantastic perks. Our customers have shared stories of everything from flight upgrades to preferential treatment.
Unlike other change of title services, by becoming a Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe you are also supporting a unique conservation project to rewild areas in Glencoe Wood and Lochaber with native plant and animal species, returning your tiny bit of Scotland to it’s once abundant existence. As one of the Highland Titles community, you will get the chance to receive regular updates on the conservation projects you support.
As a Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe you will also have the opportunity to attend our Gathering in Glencoe, which is held once a year, and gives you the chance to celebrate your title with Lairds, and Ladies from across the globe as well as learn more about the work you are supporting on the reserves.
Can my Laird, Lord or Lady title be used on legal documents?
Yes, as long as your plot is purchased with a Master Title Deed. The Master Title Deed is a legal document accepted in many jurisdictions, that affirms your right to be known by your new title. We have created a comprehensive guide on how to execute your Master Title Deed and update legal documentation.
If you get married or change your name once you have your Master Title Deed, you can simply request a reissue of documents.
Do I have a legal right over the land?
When you purchase a Highland Titles plot, you obtain a personal right to a souvenir plot of land.
There is a difference between a ‘personal’ right and a real right of ownership. So what is a real right of ownership?
The Registers of Scotland have stated
“A real right of ownership in land (in the sense of a right that is enforceable against third parties) can only be obtained by registration in the Land Register or by recording a deed in the Register of Sasines as appropriate.”
We are quite clear that Highland Titles plots cannot be registered in the official Land Register because these are souvenir plots and registered by Highland Titles. This means that any rights and responsibilities over the land are of a personal nature between Highland Titles and our Lairds, Lords, and Ladies.
As a statement of trust between Highland Titles and our Lords, Lairds, and Ladies, we have created our own land registry so that ownership of your piece of Scottish land is registered and open to public view.
As a member of the Highland Titles community, you will have traditional landowner responsibilities and have the chance to participate in land management votes and share your thoughts on what should be done to restore the land.
What can I do with my land?
There are plenty of lovely things you can do with your small piece of Scotland, including planting a tree or scattering ashes. All of our Lairds, Lords and Ladies have the opportunity to come and visit their plot and enjoy a walk and a picnic. It’s also a great opportunity to see the plethora of wildlife that your land is helping to conserve for yourself!
We hope that you have found our guide informative. If you would like to join us and become a Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe you can purchase a souvenir plot of land here: