End To Buying a Fake Scottish Title?
The company ‘Scottish Highland Titles’ have caused much controversy – they offer the ability to buy a Scottish title. For a price anyone can become a Scottish Laird or Lady, and this title can be handed down to their descendants – or so they say. On their site they say you will ‘legally’ bear the Title:
- ‘Laird of Glencairn’
- ‘Laird of John O’Groats’ or
- ‘Laird of Glencrannog’
Or the preferred option for female Lairds:
- ‘Lady of Glencairn’
- ‘Lady of John O’Groats’ or
- ‘Lady of Glencrannog’
You achieve Laird/Ladyship by buying a token piece of Scottish Land, the cost of this – just under £25. I see this is actually quite expensive compared with their competitors as Amazon are selling them at £18.79
On their site they state that the recipient of one of their Scottish Highland Titles will be in the best of company, namely, Nelson Mandela, Phil Collins, Nigel Mansell and Barry Manilow! who have all been gifted a Scottish Highland Title souvenir land plot.
A group of people passionately against this and others like it formed the site ‘Fake Scottish Titles‘ to EXPOSE those people using FAKE Scottish Titles. They name and shame people falsly using the titles of; Chief, Baron, Laird, Lord etc. Likewise, those peddlers of Fake Scottish Titles such as; Scottish Lochaber Estates, Scottish Highland Titles, Native Wood Preservation Ltd, Scottishlaird.com, Mac Sothis, Select Titles and others.
On Amazon there were some amusing reviews for some similar products such as:
“I bought this for my wife at Harrods.
It is fun and the package may get you a better table at a restaurant, or a variety of other perks only limited by your audacity.
But to the best of my knowledge the UK Deed Poll Service does not accept it (see their official website under 2.3 of ‘Title Restrictions’ in ‘Are there any restrictions on names?’). So, you will not be able to amend your passport, or any other important documents. Like other title packages for sale at Amazon and elsewhere, it is surely a scam in this respect. Although the product is sold with Scottish lawyers saying or implying it is authentic, it apparently is not (see Wikipedia’s entry on ‘Laird’, especially notes 2 and 3). There can only be one laird or lady per property.
For perks at restaurants and elsewhere, you can call yourself a Laird or Lady or whatever title you wish without having to pay for this product.
So, on consideration I regard this product as far more scam than fun.”
“oh my god are you serious! its a bit of a laugh nothing serious! you can only be born into or marry into a title, you can’t just buy one, its just meant ot be funny not real!
seriously get a life mate! and wake up in the real world! ”
aha – while I too thought it was just for fun – a friend has just changed her bank details to incorporate the title – while I wouldnt have the nerve in case they all laughed at me ….it does show that it is possible
I wonder what other people think about this? Is it just a bit of fun? Maybe even a way of saving our countryside? Or something more disturbing? A scam?