For those who have followed the Highland Title saga over the years, you may finally be able to draw this issue to a close, if a pack of Scottish land lawyers have their way. The entire scheme of selling wee plots of ground in Scotland to buyers who then entitle themselves with really offensive monikers such as Laird and Lady of Glencoe has been found to be faulty and open to unraveling.
Despite being long over due, the collapse of the smarmy Highland Titles empire will not be very surprising when it happens. The people selling the wee plots (1′ x 1′ – you get the picture) are very simply con men, and not the particularly affable lovable types either. Note the juvenile antics of the Highland Title idiots assaulting ScotClans.com for exposing the legally tenuous stupidity of what Highland Titles does. Of course we will all keep bothering them with the law and ethics until they are gone but goodness knows others like them exist and someday someone else will come up with some other ridiculous schemes to relieve the world’s prideful, vain and less than honest characters of their money.
The part of the Highland Titles equation that is more difficult to understand is the buyer – the future Lord and Lady Airhorn of Glen No’ Watitseems. Why_do_they_buy_this? Most say ‘aw, its all in good fun’. Fun maybe but a 1’ x 1’ plot of Scottish highlands is no 10 cent small prize at the carnival. The economics of the Highland Titles scam has been significant and you better be prepared to shell out up to several hundred dollars for the privilege of defrauding your friends, colleagues and acquaintances with likely one more representation that you are something you are not – this time with a quaint Scottish theme that clothes you with a convenient air of superiority that is so refreshing these days. These are con men trading with con men. A true victimless crime unless one counts the ancient and noble Scottish heritage and those of our ancestors who lived, loved and sacrificed for it.
Take a look at the work of Scottish blogger, author and activist Andy Wightman and others as they have ‘followed the money’ flowing into the Highland Titles coffers. The numbers are surprisingly large and it will surprise few that the trail leads off shore.
We certainly look forward to the day that we can exclaim “Good riddance Highland Titles”. We will not be sad to see you go. But we wonder what your former ‘clients’ will be buying next!