In Scotland, certain stretches of land have titles tied to them. According to Scottish law, when a small part of that land is sold, both the land and the corresponding title "Glencairn" or "John O'Groats" go to the new owner. This is how you can acquire an authentic and legal Scottish title when buying a bit of land. Even though these are no nobility titles, they nevertheless are authentic titles – and Laird of Glencairn or Lady of John O'Groats certainly has a nice ring to it! An authentic certificate confirms both your co-ownership on the plot of land and the fact that you can legally carry the title. To make things even better, this title allows you to add a second person to the certificate for free so you can both enjoy the new title.

In contrast to German and English laws, Scottish titles of nobility are not permanently tied to people or their descendants but to a plot of Scottish land. So by purchasing land in Scotland, you also acquire a nobility title. You would then carry the Scottish title "laird", which corresponds with "Lord".

However, the title of Laird is not identical to the English Lord: While "Lord" is used to address representatives of higher English nobility, a Scottish Laird is a landowner or landlord but not nobility in that sense of the word. Because the majority of people could not afford to own land back in the day, landowners were generally respected and revered individuals. The German salutation "Herr" developed in a similar way; until the modern period, this salutation was reserved for landowners.

If you would like to be a Scottish Laird, all you need to do is purchase a plot of land that comes with a title. It is completely irrelevant whether you inherited the title or not. Unfortunately, it isn't the easiest thing to purchase land in Scotland. In addition to the necessary financial means, there is also a plethora of paperwork – and this certainly is not everybody's cup of tea.

So if you would like to acquire a nobility title just for fun, then there is an easier path you can take: We own some land in Scotland to which a Laird title is tied and you can become a co-owner of this land. There is no law regulating how large the land must be in order to become a Laird. So you can purchase a parcel that measures just one square foot (roughly 30 x 30 cm) and in doing so, you become a Lady or Laird.

This title would be a name affix similar to a stage name and you can use it on business cards and your letter head. Keep in mind that no nobility privileges are tied to this title. However this applies to descendents of noble families as well because Germany is a republic and the nobility title merely a part of your surname. The only difference is that inherited nobility can pass the noble "von" on to the next generation. The UK is one of the only nations worldwide, where titles of nobility are awarded. It is also possible to be rewarded for exceptional achievements and receive at least a lower noble rank.

The Scottish nobility title "Laird" is also a title you can acquire just for fun. We can assure you, you will enjoy the reactions of some people when they find out about your title.

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