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The poor had no lawyers : who owns Scotland (and how they got it)

Author: Andy Wightman
Publisher: Edinburgh : Birlinn, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New editionView all editions and formats

From Robert the Bruce to Willie Ross and James V to Donald Dewar, land has conferred political and economic power. Andy Wightman updates the statistics of land ownership in Scotland and explains why  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andy Wightman
ISBN: 9781780271149 178027114X
OCLC Number: 859857365
Description: xx, 460 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: Show the people that our old nobility is not noble : why the land question still matters --
Superiors and vassals : a brief discourse on terminology --
Robert the Bruce --
a murdering medieval warlord : the first land grab --
feudal colonisation to 1500 --
To spoil the Kirk of Christ of her patrimony : the second land grab --
the lands of the Church --
The palladium of our land proprietors : the third land grab --
involving the lawyers --
In Edinburgh they hate us : a short excursion into the Highlands --
A state of possession already subsisting beyond the memory of man : the fourth land grab --
the commonties --
Mere miserable starved caricatures of their former greatness : the fifth land grab --
the burgh commons --
I hereby take possession of this island of Rockall : the sixth land grab --
colonial adventures --
Look here, boy, steady on. Let's get this thing straight : politics and the landed elite. Lord Derby, Lloyd George and John McEwen : a Tory, a Liberal and a Socialist try to find out who owns Scotland --
Who owns Scotland? : the facts --
A considerable ridge of very high and lofty hills : the Cuillin, MacLeod and a leaky castle --
Simple fraudulent misrepresentation : Scotland's Crown lands --
From Lord Leverhulme to Lord Sewel : community ownership of land --
Those who for our sake went down to the dark river : the rise of the heritage landowner --
Tartanry, royalty and balmorality : the rise of the hunting estate --
I want the assurance that I will not be evicted : farming and the agricultural tenant --
A highly unsatisfactory guddle : Crofting and the Scottish Parliament --
Planting forests is a sure way to grow rich : trees are political --
I will not allow house prices to get out of control : the new property-owning democracy Three score men with clubs and staves : the struggle to protect common land --
All property of a burgh : Scotland's common good --
Let for a penny a year : the strange case of the Edinburgh common good --
Problems rarely arise with land in private ownership : land reform in the twentieth century --
Little more than an instrument for extracting money : land tenure reform in Scotland --
Bureaucratic nit-picking and fine legal arguments : the community right to buy --
Undermining the whole fabric of Scottish family life : the law of succession --
Their unjust concealing of some private right : secrecy in Scottish landownership --
We do not want to punish the landlord : land values and land value taxation --
A public park and recreation ground for the public behoof : finding out more about community land rights --
The poor still have no lawyers : the way forward for land reform.
Other Titles: Who owns Scotland and how they got it
Responsibility: Andy Wightman.


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'It is historical and oh-so contemporary and, perhaps, in these exciting times, a call to arms' - Laura Marney

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