FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you can't find the answer to your question in the FAQs, simply get in touch.


The Land

Can I pass my rights on in my will?

You will receive a personalised certificate detailing your souvenir plot of land and the rights which may be enjoyed by you and your heirs. You may leave your personalised certificate to anyone, and the rights will pass to them. Should you wish to do so, you should include it in your Will.

The person to whom you leave your personalised certificate may request a Reissue of Documents, please contact us to discuss.

You can also sell your certificate, 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?

No.  Anyone can place an order, and anyone can receive a gift pack.

Can I visit the land?

Yes, and we encourage you to do so. If you choose to visit the reserve there is a Visitor Centre and we can help arrange your visit.

Buying Land

What can I do with the land?

As a new Laird, you can come and find your plot; take a walk in the woods, take a photograph of your Estate, picnic by the river and much more! Well behaved dogs are welcome and well behaved children are actively encouraged. We have lots of paths and rails and even a few Geocaches.

The land is 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.

Naturally you may not run any form of commercial service from your plot as the land is zoned as woodland and it is operated as a nature reserve. No hunting or fishing is permitted, and there is no vehicular access.

How will I know which plot is mine?

We define the exact location of each plot using the UK Ordnance Survey system which is accurate 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 – 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 using an online service such as Google Maps (Latitude & Longitude Grid like GPS – as printed on your certificate) or Grid Reference Finder (uses OS grid).

Let us assume the OS Grid Reference of your plot is X (Easting) 219513000, Y (Northing)  806250000. Grid Reference Finder uses only the first six digits of each – discarding the last three digits.

Enter the first six digits of each co-ordinate (X (Easting) 219513, Y (Northing)  806250) and you will be able to view 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 certificate owners have placed memorial stones, cairns or flags on their plots and this is every certificate owner’s right.

Can I plant a flag or leave a memento on my plot?

Whilst many Lairds enjoy planting a flag or leaving a memento on their plot, we respectfully request that only biodegradable items are used.  Of course, if you want to plant a flag for the purposes of taking a photograph you may do so.  We have regular ‘clean ups’ of items that have been left behind, but prefer that anything you bring into the reserve that is not biodegradable is removed to keep our reserve natural and litter free.

What species of tree will be planted on my plot?

Thousands of trees are planted every year to create new woodland. This connects derelict areas of ancient woodland and extends the area of the estate that can support woodland species of flora and fauna.

The type of tree planted for you will depend on the type of land it is planted 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. Plaques cannot be placed by us on the tree(s), but we are pleased to permit you to do so when you visit your plot.

Specific new tree(s) will almost certainly not be planted especially on your plot, which is part of the woodland and already well covered with trees.

When you choose a large plot, a suitable tree will be selected and planted on your behalf.

Can more than one person buy the same plot of land?

No.  Only one person can legally hold the right to a souvenir plot of land.

If you order two plots of the same size, the plots will be next to each other and each plot can have a different owner.

Or you can order for a couple. We will supply two plots of land, but a joint certificate in both names.

I have a plot, but would like a larger plot

If you want to upgrade the we can help you to arrange. This process is not automated, so please email us at info@scotlandtitles.com if you wish to upgrade.

I own a plot, but cannot see it in my account

Please contact us at info@scotlandtitles.com to resolve this issue.

Can I view my plot online?

Your plot can be viewed online, please contact us and we will send you a link.


How large are the Plots

The Ordnance Survey, the UK mapping system, is metric and so are our plots.

Often land is measured per square foot. A square foot is part of the old Imperial Measurement System which was used in Scotland until 1965 when the Metric System was adopted.

1 square meter is 100cm x 100cm, or 10.764 square foot

1 square foot is 1 foot x 1 foot (30cm x 30cm)

10 square foot is 3.16ft x 3,16ft (94.8cm x 94.8cm)

100 square foot is 10ft x 10ft (3m x 3m)

1000 square foot is 31.6ft x 31.6ft (9.63m x 9.63m)

These approximations are all larger than the Imperial (foot) equivalents, except for the 30cm square which is about 7% smaller than an imperial square foot.

Are there any ongoing costs?

No.

Your purchase constitutes a single payment and the plot will then be yours in perpetuity with no further obligations or payments required.  There are no taxes on land in Scotland. The nature reserve in which your plot is located is part of a managed estate, the management company maintains public liability insurance to cover all nature reserves under its management. There is nothing further to pay.

I bought a plot last year. Can I now buy the plot next to it?

No, but you can purchase one close by.  We sell the plots sequentially, so the plot next to yours is probably sold already. But all our plots are in a fairly small area of the reserve, and you can probably see the first plot from your new 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 Personalised Certificate. All orders are dispatched within 48 hours. The majority of orders are dispatched within 24 hours.

Can I buy a plot as a gift for someone else?

Yes.  When you place your order you will need to fill in the details of the recipient. This can be any name that you like.

We also offer a gift wrapping and personal message service at a small additional cost.

Can I have my 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.

Will you tell the recipient who sent this?

No.  Some people wish to make an anonymous gift and we respect that. Should you wish to let the recipient know who sent the gift, please select our gift wrap service as you check out and make the source of the gift clear in the gift message.

Buy a Plot

What are corporate plots?

An increasing number of companies want to gift their employees a plot of land from the nature reserve. Whether it’s for Christmas, a special anniversary for the company or a reward for hard work, our gift packs are delightfully received and also carry a strong and engaging environmental message.  Our plot certificates can be co-branded with your own company logo when ordered as a corporate gift, and discounts are available for order quantities of 10 or more.

The Title

What is a Master Title Deed?

The Master Title Deed is a Deed Poll. The most common type of 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. The Master Title Deed asserts your right to take a new title. It can also be used to change your name.

Owners of a small Scottish estate have every right to adopt the title of Laird, or the equivelent in English of Lord, or Lady. The Master Title Deed gives effect to your choice.

Deed Polls need not be used in Scotland and some other jurisdictions. As this may vary country to country, we would advise you look into it in your country of residence.

What if I get married or change my name?

Simply contact us to request a reissue of documents. There is a small cost associated with this request.

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. You can purchase, for a small fee, 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 that you have changed your name or title.  No bank  – or any other agency for that matter – has any say in your change of name or title.

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 this land. The nature reserve in which your plot is located is part of a managed estate, the management company maintains 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”.

‘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, recently revised as the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012. Please note that this act does not permit souvenir plots of land to be added to the Land Register.

Details of your personal rights in your plot will be recorded in a Register of Land maintained by Scottish Titles and details of each plot can be provided by us, please contact us with details of your request.

Do I need public liability insurance?

The nature reserve in which your plot is located is part of a managed estate, the management company maintains public liability insurance to cover all nature reserves under its management. Anyone who does suffer a mishap on the Glencoe Wood Estate is entitled to be compensated via the management company, via its third party insurance cover.

Therefore it is not necessary and there is no need for you to hold any additional insurance.

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, along with the location where your land is located. If you prefer not to assume a title, you will be given that option when you make your land purchase. Advice published by Scottish Solicitors 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, then the First Minister of the Scottish Parliament.

The Court of the Lord Lyon

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

HM New Register House

Edinburgh EH1 3YT

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 land sales or Lairdships.

Payments

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

Please log into the account you created when you placed the order and select the second tab “Your Orders”

If you have any other problems with payment, or prefer to pay with any other means, please contact us.

Please keep time zones in mind if you choose to call, and we will endeavour to respond to emails within 24 hours.

Is payment made securely?

Yes. All payments are made securely and processed through Paypal which is authorised and regulated as a Payment institution by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

PayPal is a payment processing solution built on PayPal’s technology that enables us to accept credit card payments online.

Tartan and Emblem

Can I wear Tartan?

As a Laird, Lord or Lady of Scottish land, you will have rights to wear Scottish Tartan which has been associated with your land.

Can I use and display the Emblem?

The emblem is specific to our Scottish Highland Estate, and contains the symbols which reflect the estate values. As a Laird, Lord or Lady of Scottish land within the estate, you will have rights to display the emblem which has been associated with your land. You will also have rights to use the emblem on your business cards and stationary.

 

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