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A laird is a landowner in Scotland who is endowed with certain feudal rights and belongs to the lower (untitulated) landed gentry . Although the term is not gender-specific, more recently, lady has also been used as a feminine form. The title Laird is a hereditary title that could be obtained through the acquisition of real estate. However, the laird title is not a title of nobility ( nobility ), but in the UK the title of a landowner and therefore part of the gentry . The title ("style") of a Laird is The Much Honored [first name] [last name], Laird of [Lairdship] (eg The Much Honored John Doe, Laird of Glenmore ).

Laird is traditionally translated as Lord , but it is not a title of nobility. The equivalent of the Laird in England is the title of Lord of the Manor .

Resourceful entrepreneurs are selling small (<1 m²) parcels of land in rural areas of Scotland, including deeds, at very low prices (around £ 30) via the Internet in order to give the buyer the title “Laird” (or “Lady”). However, the Scottish heraldry , the Court of the Lord Lyon , declared the "nobility titles" acquired in this way to be irrelevant in 2004.

Individual evidence

  1. How to lord it over your friends for only £ 29.99. The Telegraph, December 11, 2004. Retrieved May 5, 2011.

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