Thursday, November 22, 2012

Highland Titles and a Plot


Scottish landowners have long been called Lairds. Highland Titles have made this descriptive title of Laird, (Lord) or Lady available to everybody. Their plots of land are the ultimate gift for someone with Scottish ancestry or for those who are passionate about conservation. They have created a thriving community of landowners across the world, which in turn has allowed them to manage the Estate as a Nature Reserve.  

Laird, Lord and Lady Titles

‘Laird’ is a descriptive title that is traditionally afforded to Scottish landowners by the owner himself or, more commonly, by those living and working on the estate. Laird is a Scottish word and is simply simply the Scots form of the English ‘Lord’.  The the female equivalent  is ‘Lady’. So the easiest way to become a Lord or Lady is to buy land from Highland Titles and become a Laird!
Professor Peter and Laura Bevis, a biologist and accountant respectively, conceived the idea in 2005, from their family Estate in the Scottish Highlands. After creating 12 new woods on family owned land, they realised that to really make a difference, they needed to buy land which was had the potential to be restored and conserved, or which was at risk from development. So in 2007 they used their profits to buy the Keil Estate in Appin, now operated by local volunteers as the Highland Titles Nature Reserve. The company has grown from there and we now have thousands of supporters and land owners around the world.

 Our objectives are to protect ancient and semi-natural woodlands and open-ground habitats, to upgrade non-native conifer plantations to new native broadleaf plantings and to protect these conserved lands from ever being developed.  We viewed numerous woodlands and rejected all of them, before we came across the estate that we own now and are actively seeking the right estate to become the next project. Keil Hill is in a magnificent location, with stunning views across Loch Linnhe; with easy access from the main Oban to Fort William road and less than a mile from the busy Duror village. We think it is perfect and were afraid one day a developer just might have thought so too!

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To receive a Highland Title would not only be a fun gift, and at the same time helping  to protect  ancient woodlands and conserved lands in bonny Scotland, of course I would have to be called Lady Ogilvie Marshall  (hint to any family members reading this).  What would your title be?   Take a look at their  facebook page, it's full of great photography and  what about a Clootie Dumpling?  well go see for your self and let me know what you think.

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1 comment:

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Now THAT would be such an incredible and VERY unique gift to give someone; heck, I wanna be a lady!! :)

Thank you for sharing this information! I learned something new today!

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