How to Become a Lord, Laird or Lady

What are the available methods to become a lord?

There are 5 ways to become a Lord (and we’re sure you’ll agree number 5 is the easiest):

  1. Perhaps your good deeds and political connections get you noticed by the reigning monarch King Charles III, who enters you into the House of Lords. This is known as a Peerage.
  2. Or maybe your family already has a large English estate that was bestowed by a monarch many years ago. This is known as a Hereditary Peerage.
  3. If you have a few million pounds to spare, then you could buy yourself a country estate and become a Lord. This is known as Lord of the Manor.
  4. If you know any single Lords or Ladies, you can marry them and obtain their title.
  5. Or you can buy a small plot of land within our Scottish Country Estate, and become a ‘Laird’, which is an old Scots unisex word, translated to English as Lord or Lady.
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The Origins of Lord and Lady Titles

In 1066, William the Conqueror divided his lands into manors which he bestowed to his faithful barons who had helped him in his crusades, and gave them the title of Lord to show that they have power over the people who live within their newly bestowed lands. Hence the term ‘Lording over’ someone. The word Lord started out as ‘Hlāford’ meaning ‘Bread-Keeper’, literally a person who is in charge of providing food and sustenance to his people. Over the years, it’s been corrupted to Lord.

The term ‘Lady or ‘Ladyship’ can be gained in exactly the same was as a ‘Lord’ or ‘Lordship’, and is used to address those who identify as female.

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What is the difference between a Lord and a Laird?

Laird is a traditional Scottish word for a landowner of a large Scottish estate, similar to a Lord of the Manor in England. The word Laird is unisex, applying to all genders - Scotland has been gender progressive for hundreds of years! The word itself is a shortened version of the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Laverd”, and is generally used to refer to any owner of a landed estate. The title of Laird is not heraldic and therefore its use is not controlled by the Lord Lyon.


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Do You Want to Know How to Become a Lord or Lady?

If you have ever dreamt of being able to legally change your title to lord or lady, you may have simply presumed that it isn’t possible without having a peerage or being a member of the landed aristocracy. But the truth is that absolutely anyone can become a lord, and the process does not have to be a difficult, long-winded, or expensive one.

In fact, all you have to do to become a lady or a lord is buy land in Scotland. All Scottish landowners are granted the honorary title ‘Laird’, which is a unisex title that roughly translates as ‘Lord’ or ‘Lady’ in English. The title is entirely legitimate and internationally recognised.

Whilst you may expect that owning your own portion of the Highlands in order to acquire this prestigious title is likely to be out of your budget, you will be pleased to discover that this is not the case. At Scotland Titles, we have our own Scottish Estate and have divided up part of it to sell at affordable prices as ‘Souvenir Plots’ to prospective Lords and Ladies. They can be purchased on our site within the budget of a standard novelty gift you might buy for a friend or family member.

Buy Land in Scotland and Legally Become a Laird Today

At Scotland Titles, we provide a comprehensive lordship title pack that provides you with everything you need to acquire and proudly display your new title. After you have purchased your small plot of land, you will receive a certificate (within 24 hours of the purchase) which will have your own name or the name of the recipient, along with the new title of lord or lady. A physical copy of this certificate can also be provided to display proudly on your wall for an additional cost of just $30.

You will also have information about the exact location of the estate on which your plot is located, as well as your plot number so you can find it if you do choose to make a visit to the area in the future. The plot is 100% your own property and it can be passed on to someone else in your will just like all other property. Furthermore, there are no ongoing costs associated with ownership – the price you pay to purchase it is totally one-off.

Order Your Title Online or Get in Touch to Learn More

You can find out more information about becoming a Scottish laird and acquiring your very own plot of land in the Highlands by getting in touch with a member of our friendly team today. We are always happy to offer any help and assistance we can. If you prefer, you can also simply use our convenient online store to place your order and make your payment right away, and your certificate will be in your inbox in a matter of hours.


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