The Poor Had No Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland (and How They Got It)

  • Title: The Poor Had No Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland (and How They Got It)
  • Author: Andy Wightman
  • ISBN: 9781780271149
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Poor Had No Lawyers Who Owns Scotland and How They Got It An exploration into Scotland s history to find out how and why landowners got their hands on the millions of acres of land that were once held in common The Poor Had No Lawyers tells the story of how
    An exploration into Scotland s history to find out how and why landowners got their hands on the millions of acres of land that were once held in common, The Poor Had No Lawyers tells the story of how Scotland s legal establishment and politicians managed to appropriate land through legal fixes From Robert the Bruce to Willie Ross and James V to Donald Dewar, land has lonAn exploration into Scotland s history to find out how and why landowners got their hands on the millions of acres of land that were once held in common, The Poor Had No Lawyers tells the story of how Scotland s legal establishment and politicians managed to appropriate land through legal fixes From Robert the Bruce to Willie Ross and James V to Donald Dewar, land has long conferred political and economic power but How was it acquired What happened to all the common land and Can the public reclaim the land that was once theirs This updated edition answers these questions and considers current attempts to redistribute this power equitably, the implications of the recent debt fueled housing bubble, and the difference if any Scottish Parliament has made on the issue The definitive work on the subject of Scottish land ownership, this book provides a fascinating analysis of one the most important political topics in Scotland.

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    About Andy Wightman


    1. Andrew Dearg Wightman is a Scottish Green Party Member of the Scottish Parliament MSP for the Lothian region and a writer and researcher best known for his work on land ownership in Scotland He is the author of Who Owns Scotland and The Poor Had No Lawyers.


    448 Comments


    1. 'Scotland continues to be stuck with the most concentrated, most inequitable, most unreformed and most undemocratic land ownership system in the entire developed world' (historian James Hunter, 2013).A compulsively readable account of how Scotland has come to have a more concentrated pattern of private landownership than almost any other country in the world, how the landed elite has managed to survive for centuries up to the present day, and the reforms that are needed to address inequalities i [...]

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    2. An extremely well researched and informative book defining the (unjust?) reasons why so few people own so much of Scotland's land.The early chapters define the legal aspects of land ownership and are, by the author's admission, pretty heavy going. They are, however, necessary to understanding the remainder of the book. The remaining chapters are much more readable (and enjoyable!).The book concludes with the author's suggestions for land reform, which are very thought provoking.Overall, a very w [...]

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    3. Much better than the crazed polemic I had dreaded! Definitely food for thought and Wightman persuasively argues that much of the status quo in Scots landownership is the result of centuries of property law tailored to suit and buttress the landed classes, leading to an unfair allocation of land and the need for ancient injustices to be corrected. That said, there were a couple of points where he is so committed to exposing the abuse that he, perhaps, neglects to acknowledge counter-arguments. Th [...]

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    4. A fascinating read and interesting insight into the history of land ownership in Scotland. It is more of a 'big picture' approach than I was expecting, given the blurb, but no worse for that. There are one or two example cases where the whole story is not finished, but in general there is a good mix of history, legal background, figures and individual examples. The author clearly has his own agenda, but this is not hidden in any way, so doesn't really detract.

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    5. Amazed as ever by the shameless behaviour that the elites have gotten away with. Inspired at the same time by the potential paths that can be taken towards a fairer and better use of land as explained by Andy. Good use of examples from all over Scotlandto illustrate the different problems and concepts.

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    6. everyone should read this and educate themselves to what actually happened in Scotland, parts are hard to get through but stick with it explains a lot of the many injustices which have happened in Scotland.

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    7. Although I like history, this is not the sort of book I would usually read. It is really the History of Scottish Land laws. A very good read for someone suffering from insomnia. Having said that, it opened my eyes about land distribution in Scotland.

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    8. Exhaustive and lengthy history of Scotland's land laws. Has some interesting things to say but takes a very long and winding route to get to them.

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    9. For all my life, I have lived in Scotland, the land of my birth. I have walked the shores of Loch Rannoch, taken in the quiet beauty of Glencoe, and watched the sunset illuminate the ancient standing stones that dot the landscape from the Borders to the Isle of SkyeAnd yet, I must confess ignorance to the forces that boil beneath the surface: access to land, the struggle for housing, and the opportunity for the tenant farmer to have some dignity, theirs being a hard struggle against nature and c [...]

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    10. I had hoped it would be a bit more "who owns Scotland" and a bit less "how they got it". It is clearly well researched and the author very knowledgeable on the subject, but I found it a rather dry listing of the various legal changes and techniques over the centuries that have led to the current land ownership in Scotland. It was at its best when using specific examples to illustrate concepts, eg the attempted sale of the Cuillin by John MacLeod. When the Duke of Buccleuch is mentioned we find t [...]

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    11. Andy Wightman is very passionate and knowledgeable about his subject, but he is not a good writer. There are a number of very important points that come out from this book and I agree with him that the traditional political establishment pays too little heed to these points. However, the potency of his points is diluted by the book being an exercise in the author telling all he knows about land ownership in Scotland - which is a lot. He also has the fault of having far too many long quotations. [...]

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    12. I didn't finish it because the early chapters basically told me that, some time ago, some people made up some shit about land ownership to suit themselves and their pockets. Because they could. That's how the world worked then. I therefore lost interest in the intervening shenanigans because I conclude that we can now make up some new shit about land ownership to suit more people in a more equitable way. Because that's how the world works now. And if it doesn't, it should. And that's the job at [...]

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    13. Andy Wightman seems to have a chip on his shoulder and does not let the facts get in his wayThis book is a mixture of half truths and lies. The Author's politics shine out far beyond his facts. Not afraid to distort information, this makes a dreary read. The style of writing is poor relying on longwinded quotes rather than offering precis. I read half way before giving up. This is a day of my life wasted.

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    14. Clear, well researched, and somewhat eye-opening survey of the murkier and more esoteric areas of land and property law through the centuries as feudalism turned into capitalism. Directly relevant to the question of "who owns Scotland" and also "what is the strenght of that claim".

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    15. Fascinating I admire them author who has spent many years investigating and making public their scandal of Scottish land laws. Well worth a read.

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