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Purchase a Scottish aristocratic title – Become a laird and lady

It’s not just in Germany, England and Sweden that aristocratic titles are widely used: Scotland is also famed for its aristocratic honours. There are lots of stretches of land in Scotland that are linked to an aristocratic title. According to Scottish law, the buyer of a piece of land can add ‘Glencairn’ or ‘John O’Groats’ to their name, for example, so anyone who’d like a genuine, legal title as an affix to their name should certainly consider a Scottish aristocratic title. The designation ‘Laird of …’ or ‘Lady of …’ has a fascinating, reputable ring to it. That’s not all, though – when you buy an aristocratic title from Scotland with us, you also receive an authentic, genuine certificate of appointment confirming two things: On the one hand you now have joint ownership of a plot of land in Scotland, and on the other this land allows you to legally carry the respective aristocratic title.

The Scottish nobility and land ownership

In Germany and in England most aristocratic titles are hereditary, meaning they are passed on to one’s descendants, although it’s also possible to acquire the aristocratic honour through marriage or adoption. The situation is different with Scottish noble titles, however, as these are linked to ownership of land in Scotland. If you purchase a piece of land, you also buy the right to an aristocratic title and can designate yourself a laird or lady.

Laird or Lord?

The Scottish term ‘laird’ is essentially equivalent to the English ‘lord’, but there are also key differences between the title of ‘laird’ and that of ‘lord’. The English title ‘lord’ is used for a member of England’s upper aristocracy, while a Scottish laird isn’t actually an aristocrat in the conventional sense. It’s more a form of address in Scotland to denote the person’s land ownership. As owning property was by no means commonplace in the past, the titles ‘laird’ and ‘lady’ were used to show reverence for landowners.

Buy and use a Scottish aristocratic title

Anyone who wants to become a Scottish laird or lady has a fantastic chance as owning an estate in Scotland automatically entitles the owner to use these titles. It doesn’t matter whether you have been a member of the nobility since you were born, it’s simply about the land ownership. However, purchasing an estate in Scotland is very expensive and linked to a range of formalities.

If you’re less bothered about the land in Scotland itself, and much more interested in the title of ‘laird’ or ‘lady’, then we’ve got the solution for you. We own estates in Scotland that are linked to aristocratic titles, and when you buy an aristocratic title you also acquire joint ownership of the estate in question. There is no defined minimum size, so it’s enough to purchase a 30 x 30 centimetre plot of Scottish land to make you a Scottish laird or lady.

Name law with Scottish titles

From now on you can use your Scottish name affix without any problems. This is considered a kind of pseudonym in Germany, so you can sign your name with your title as an affix, have business cards printed, reserve hotel rooms, or appear in public with this name. There are no legal privileges or obligations linked to the Scottish aristocracy and the titles ‘laird’ and ‘lady’. This isn’t an issue, though, as the descendants of genuine German aristocratic families don’t have any special rights either. With the abolition of the aristocracy you have exactly the same privileges as a genuine noble whose title is inherited as a descendant of an aristocratic title. A Scottish aristocratic title is guaranteed to be great fun – when you appear in public as a Scottish noble you’re sure to garner several inquisitive, surprised and reverential looks.