- This promoted tweet was tweeted by @highland_titles
- The website of Highland Titles Ltd can be found here:
- It explains that, "Highland Titles Limited is a limited company registered in Alderney, No. 1599, and is wholly owned by the Highland Titles Charitable Trust for Scotland, which is a charity registered in Guernsey, Charity Number CH444."
- Since the 17th century, ownership of land in Scotland has been tied to registration: put simply, if you are not registered as the owner of land, you are not the owner.
Without wishing to bore you with legislation, The Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979 has rules which prevent "souvenir plots" (that is to say small, uneconomic and essentially sentimental parcels of land) from being registered in Scotland. Those rules continue in the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012.
- The scheme operated here seems to rely on souvenir plots, or at least taking a share of a plot owned by an overseas company. On an orthodox view of Scottish land law, that does not represent outright ownership of land.
That should serve as background. Now, over to Twitter, where Scots lawyer @loveandgarbage (who now tweets as @trewloy) replied to the promoted tweet above.
- So far, so jocular. @highland_titles then joined the debate.