Barons in Scotland
In Scotland, a Baron is the head of a "feudal" barony (also known as prescriptive barony). This used to be attached to a particular piece of land on which was the "caput" (Latin meaning 'head'), or the essence of the barony, normally a building, such as a castle or manor house. Accordingly, the owner of the piece of land containing the "caput" was the Baron or Baroness. The Court of the Lord Lyon issued a new ruling April 2015 that recognises a person possessing the dignity of baron and other feudal titles (Lordship/Earl/Marquis). Lord Lyon now prefers the approach of recognizing the particular feudal noble dignity as expressed in the Crown Charter that the petitioner presents. These titles are recognised as the status of a minor baron but not a peer. Scottish feudal baronies may be passed to any person, of either sex, by inheritance or conveyance. Scotland has a distinct legal system within the United Kingdom. Historically, in the Kingdom of Scotland, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, as the Sovereign’s Minister in matters armorial, is at once Herald and Judge.
The Scottish equivalent of an English baron is a Lord of Parliament.
Scottish Prescriptive Barony by Tenure was, from 1660 until 2004, the feudal description of the only genuine degree of title of UK nobility capable of being bought and sold (along with the Caput, or property), rather than passing strictly by blood inheritance.
A General Register of Sasines was set up by Statute in 1617, with entry in the Register giving the prescriptive right (right by normal or correct usage), after so many years, to the "caput" or essence of the Barony. The individual who owned the said piece of land containing the caput was hence the Baron or Baroness. Uncertainty over armorial right was removed by the Lyon Register being set up by Statute in 1672, such that no arms were to be borne in Scotland unless validly entered in Lyon Register. Up until 1874 each new Baron was confirmed in his Barony by the Crown by Charter of Confirmation. Up until 28 November 2004 a Barony was an estate of land held directly of the Crown, or the Prince and Great Steward of Scotland. It was an essential element of a barony title that there existed a Crown Charter erecting the land into a Barony, recorded in the Register of the Great Seal of Scotland. Often the original Charter was later lost, however an Official Extract has the same legal status as the original Charter.
From the Treaty of Union of 1707 - until 1999 - a unified Parliament of Great Britain (since January, 1801, known as the Parliament of the United Kingdom), at Westminster, was responsible for passing legislation affecting private law both north and south of the Scottish border. In 1999 the devolved Scottish Parliament was established, and Private law measures can now be passed at Holyrood, the seat of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Using a prescriptive feudal grant allowed developers to impose perpetual conditions affecting the land. The courts became willing to accept the validity of such obligations, which became known as real burdens. In practical and commercial terms, these real burdens were like English leasehold tenure.
Abolition of feudal tenure
The first Scottish Executive was committed to abolishing the anachronism of the feudal system. On 28 November 2004 the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 came into full force and effect, putting an end to Scotland's feudal system. Under Scots law, a Scottish Prescriptive Barony by Tenure is now "incorporeal feudal heritage", not attached to the land and remains the only genuine, prescriptive, degree of title of UK nobility capable of being bought and sold – since under Section 63(1) of the Act, the dignity of Baron is preserved after the abolition of the feudal system.
After 28 November 2004 under Scots law, a Scottish Barony, which was previously Scottish heritable property (real property), became incorporeal heritable property (not attached to the land). Prior to the Act coming into effect, Scottish Feudal Baronies (including Lordships and Earldoms) were the only genuine title of UK nobility capable of being transferred following the sale of land containing a "caput" (or the sale of a feudal superiority).
Most baronies were created (erected) prior to 1745 but one was erected as late as 1824.
Since the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 came into effect, the Lord Lyon, who is the Chief Herald of Scotland, has restored a more traditional form to the coat of arms of a Baron. Barons are now identified by the helm befitting their degree. A new policy statement has been made by the Lord Lyon to this effect.
Independent Scots legal advice should always be taken before entering into any contract that claims to offer a Baronial title for sale.
The holder of the dignity of a Barony may petition the Lord Lyon for a grant of arms as he falls under the jurisdiction of the Lyon's Court. A policy statement has been made to this effect by the Lord Lyon. The Lyon Court has no jurisdiction in relation to the transfer of, or legal "trade" in, feudal titles. Any prospective purchaser should seek specialist independent Scots legal advice.
An English barony is a peerage (yet the abolition act of 1660 allows for some remaining non-peer baronies not converted by writ to remain as feudal baronies of free socage "incorporeal hereditament" similar to a lordship of the manor), but whether Scottish barons rightfully rank as peers is disputable. They are known as minor barons currently treated as noble titles of less than peerage rank. The Scottish equivalent of an English baron is "Lord of Parliament".
The feudal baronial title tends to be used when a landed family is not in possession of any United Kingdom peerage title of higher rank, subsequently granted, or has been created a knight of the realm. The name recorded by the Lord Lyon as part of any grant of arms or matriculation becomes the holder’s name for all official purposes.
The holder of a Scottish barony (e.g., "Inverglen") may add the title to his existing name (e.g., "John Smith, Baron of Inverglen") or add the territorial designation to his surname ("John Smith of Inverglen, Baron of Inverglen"); some of the oldest Scottish families prefer to be styled by the territorial designation alone ("Smith of Inverglen"). Formal and in writing, they are styled as The Much Honoured Baron of Inverglen. A baron may be addressed socially as "Inverglen" or "Baron," and introduced in the third person as "John Smith of Inverglen, Baron of Inverglen" or "The Baron of Inverglen". When referred to informally in the third person it is incorrect to refer to him as "Baron Inverglen" or "Lord Inverglen", as these would imply a peerage title (i.e. Lord of Parliament) A married couple may be styled "The Baron and Baroness of Inverglen", "Inverglen and Madam Smith of Inverglen", "Inverglen and Lady Inverglen", or "The Baron of Inverglen and Lady Inverglen." The oldest son of a feudal baron may be known by his father's territorial designation with the addition of "yr" (abbreviation for "younger"), as in "John Smith of Inverglen, yr" and the eldest daughter if heir apparent is entitled to use the courtesy title "Maid of [Barony]" at the end of her name.
The United Kingdom policy of using titles on passports requires that the applicant provides evidence that the Lord Lyon has recognised a feudal barony, or the title is included in Burke's Peerage. If accepted (and if the applicant wishes to include the title), the correct form is for the applicant to include the territorial designation as part of their surname (Surname of territorial designation e.g. Smith of Inverglen). The Observation would then show the holder's full name, followed by their feudal title e.g. The holder is John Smith, Baron of Inverglen.
The former Lord Lyon declined to award the following baronial additaments to the arms of those feudal barons registering arms now that the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 is in force. However, the current Lord Lyon has confirmed in a recent policy statement that he will officially recognise feudal barons or those possessing the dignity of baron who meet certain conditions and will grant them arms with a helmet befitting their degree. Scottish Barons rank below Lords of Parliament, and, while a noble, are not conventionally considered peerage titles; unlike others, the title can be hereditary or bought and sold.
In showing that Scottish barons are titles of nobility, reference may be made, amongst others, to Lyon Court in the Petition of Maclean of Ardgour for a Birthbrieve by Interlocutor dated 26 February 1943 which "Finds and Declares that the Minor Barons of Scotland are, and have both in this Nobiliary Court, and in the Court of Session, been recognised as 'titled' nobility, and that the estait of the Baronage (The Barones Minores) is of the ancient Feudal Nobility of Scotland".
Sir Thomas Innes of Learney in his 'Scots Heraldry' (2nd Ed., p. 88, note 1) states that 'The Act 1672, cap 47, specially qualifies the degrees thus: Nobles (i.e. peers, the term being here used in a restricted seventeenth-century English sense), Barons (i.e. Lairds of baronial fiefs and their "heirs", who, even if fiefless, are equivalent to heads of Continental baronial houses) and Gentlemen (apparently all other armigers).' Baronets and knights are evidently classed as 'Gentlemen' here and are of a lower degree than Barons. The Scottish Head of Baronial Houses, includes all the various styles and titles which designate the territorial nobility i.e. baron of X.
Barons may also wear two eagle feathers when in traditional dress. If the baron is a member of a clan it is advisable to consult the clan chief on clan customs and traditions. The Lord Lyon only gives guidance and not governance on the wearing of feathers and recommends consulting with a clan chief.
Previously, between the 1930s and 2004, when new arms were granted or a matriculation of existing arms took note of a barony, the owner was given a chapeau or cap of maintenance as part of his armorial achievement on petitioning for the same. This is described as "gules doubled ermine" for barons in possession of the caput of the barony. An azure chapeau is appropriate for the heirs of ancient baronial families who are no longer owners of the estates. This chapeau was a relatively recent armorial invention of the late Lord Lyon Thomas Innes of Learney. Accordingly, a number of ancient Arms of feudal barons do not display the chapeau, and now it is no longer granted.
At the Treaty of Perth 1266, Norway relinquished its claim to the Hebrides and Man and they became part of Scotland. In 1292 Argyll was created a shire and "The Barons of all Argyll and the Foreigners’ Isles", which had preceded the kingdom of Scotland, became eligible to attend the "Scots" Parliament – appearing in the record of the parliament at St. Andrews in 1309. Historically they have a chapeau, "gules doubled ermines", ermines being white tails on black.
The chapeau, if part of the armorial achievement, is placed into the space directly above the shield and below the helmet, and may otherwise be used on a visiting card, the flap of an envelope or to ensign the circlet of a crest badge as used on a bonnet.
Particularly Scottish in character is the Feudo-baronial Mantle or robe of estate - described as gules doubled silk argent, fur-edged of miniver and collared in ermine fastened on the right shoulder by five spherical buttons Or. This may be displayed in a pavilioned form, draped behind the complete achievement of arms - or the armorial shield alone - tied open with cords and tassels and surmounted by the chapeau. Again, Lord Lyon is no longer granting these robes.
The helmet is now the chief mode of recognition of a Scottish baron. The Lord Lyon has adopted a steel helm with grille of three grilles, garnished in gold, as the current baronial additament. Alternatively, a feudal steel tilting helm garnished in gold, that may be shown affronté, may appear, or a helmet of some other degree if the baron holds a higher rank, such as a lordship of parliament.
Supporters, are now usually reserved for the holders of the older baronies (chartered before 1587) and those that have been in continuous family ownership. In England, supporters are reserved for the peerage, and a Scottish baron who approaches the English College of Arms is not allowed supporters. A compartment has occasionally been granted to barons, representing their territories, even in cases where there are no supporters.
Badge and Flags
A badge – distinct from the crest – as a separate armorial device, is not necessarily a feature of the arms. The badge may be used by the "tail" or following of a landowner baron. The grant is linked to the baron’s pennon, a heraldic flag, in the livery colours that carries a large representation of the badge. The pennon is blazoned in the grant or matriculation. The livery colours are usually the two most prominent colours of the arms themselves.
A Standard – an elongated shape, tapering from 1.2 m down to 60 cm, with the fly edge split and rounded (lanceolate). The length is according to rank, from 7.5 m for the Sovereign down to 3.5 m for a Knight, Baron or Chief. It bears the Arms as on the shield, with the tail parted per fess with the Crest, Badge and/or Supporter, plus the motto on one or more Ribands. The Standard is set before the Baron/Chief's tent (as it’s a "Headquarters" flag and does not indicate that the Armiger is in residence) rather than carried like the banner. A Standard requires a separate grant by the Lord Lyon and is only made under certain conditions.
A Guidon – one-third shorter than a Standard and tapering to a round, unsplit end at the fly. These are assigned by Lord Lyon to individuals who have Supporters to their Arms, and to others who have a following – those in a position of leadership or some official position.
A Pennon – a smaller, elongated flag 4 ft long with a pointed, rounded or swallow-tailed end, designed to be displayed on a lance, assigned by Lord Lyon King to an Armiger who applies for one. It is charged with the personal heraldic badge or some other armorial ensign of the owner.
A Banner – a square or rectangular upright representation of the Arms designed for carrying in warfare or tournaments, but now flown as a "house flag" when the Armiger is in residence and is NOT the flag of the Clan or Family. Originally, conspicuous gallantry in battle was marked by cutting off the tail of the Standard or Pennon, turning it into a Banner. Strictly speaking, the sizes and shapes are:
Square banner – Sovereign, 1.5 m square; Dukes; 1.25 m sq; Earls, 1.1 m sq; Viscounts and Barons, 1 m sq; Baronets and feudal barons, 0.9 m sq; other Armigers, 70 cm wide x 85 cm high
Rectangular banner – typically in the ratio 3:2, or 5:4 when flown as the "house flag" of an Armiger.
Carrying flag – this should be sized as follows (width x height): Peers, 1.2 m x 1.5 m; Feudal Barons, 90 cm x 115 cm; Chiefs, 85 cm x 110 cm; Chieftains, 80 cm x 90 cm.
A Ensign may be occasionally granted and blazoned. This is a square flag, smaller than the flying banner, and carrying the full embroidered achievement (arms, crest, motto), again fringed in livery colours.
A Pipe banner – rather similar to a Banner, but of a size to fit on the longest drone of the pipes (usually 45 cm) and richly decorated with gold fringing, tassles and the like. The pipe banner for a Chief who is also a Peer or a Feudal Baron should have a rounded end extending beyond the length, and any other Chief a split rounded end. A feudal baron is authorised two pipers.
List of Feudal Baronies (created before 1707)
Below is a list of some Scottish feudal baronies created before 1707; this list does not include Scottish feudal baronies created between that year and 1838 (BGH), when the most recent creation of a Scottish feudal barony occurred.
- When updating this list, please create for each new entry a separate, wikified article titled "Scottish feudal barony of X", which records a brief biography of the previous incumbent and is wikilinked to this list. Please do not simply delete the name of the previous incumbent. Individual articles should be produced for the history of each barony, except that where few or no verifiable and detailed sources exist, histories should start with the current or previous holder and may take the form of sections within existing articles on the caput's village, town, or castle.
|Abbotshall||Fife||Harold Robert Peerenboom|
|Abergeldie||Aberdeenshire||John Howard Seton Gordon||1963|
|Abernethy||Perthshire||Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz||2008|
|Aboyne||Aberdeenshire||1660||Granville Charles Gomer Gordon, 13th Marquess of Huntly|
|Aden||Aberdeenshire||1333||Alexander Charles Cumine Russell||2015|
|Alforshire||Charles A. Cogdill|
|Anstruther & Balcaskie||Sir Ralph Hugo Anstruther|
|Arbroath||Angus||Alan Frank Bartlett|
|Ardblair & Gask||Perthshire||Laurence Philip Kington Blair Oliphant||1979|
|Ardgowan||Renfrewshire||Professor Stephen Kerr|
|Ardrossan||Ayrshire||1357||Archibald George Montgomerie, 18th Earl of Ellington and 6th Earl of Winton||1966|
|Ardoch||Dumbarton||Thomas Andrew Wilson Neilson Mackay||1987|
|Arndilly||Morayshire||David Ronald Menzies|
|Arnisdale||Ross and Cromarty||William Paterson|
|Arnot||Fife||16th century||Willem C. G. Blanken|
|Arran||Ayrshire||Willi Ernst Sturzenegger||1995|
|Auchendarroch||Argyllshire||Keir Charles Campbell|
|Auchindoir||Aberdeenshire||Alisdair John Barlas|
|Auchmacoy||Aberdeenshire||David William Sinclair Buchan|
|Auchterutherstruther||Fife||Abigail Busch Reisinger|
|Auchreoch||Perthshire||Martin Melvin Cruikshank||1976|
|Bachuil||Argyll||Between 5th and 9th century||Niall Livingstone of Bachuil||2008|
|Balcaskie||Fife||Major Timothy Edward Lumisden Strange|
|Baldoon||Wigtownshire||Christopher Busch Reisinger|
|Balfluig||Aberdeenshire||Mark Iain Tennant|
|Ballencrieff||East Lothian||Moray James Nairn||2011|
|Ballencrieff||West Lothian||Junaid Abbas Bhatti|
|Ballindalloch||Banffshire||Clare Nancy Russell|
|Balmore ( also known as Dalmore)||Dunbartonshire||1478|
|Balquhain||Aberdeenshire||Nelson Lee Len Ying||1995|
|Balvenie||Banffshire||Jeremy Duncan Nicholson||2009
|Banchory||Kincardineshire||Kenneth Ian Rush Lumsden|
|Bannockburn||Stirlingshire||Hope Vere Anderson||2016|
|Barnbarroch||James Edward Vans|
|Barnis Forbes||Aberdeenshire||Daphne Romy|
|Barra||Inverness-shire||Roderick Wilson Macneil||2010|
|Bearcrofts||Stirling||1697||Charles A Cree of Castle Stewart||2011|
|Bedrule||Berwickshire||Wallace Rutherford Turnbull||2015|
|Biggar||Lanarkshire||Charles Russell Clayton Ross|
|Brigton||Angus||1761||Marion Elizabeth Charlotte Macmillan Douglas||1938|
|Blackburn||Prof Ranjit Kumar Chandra|
|Blackhall||Renfrewshire||1395||Robert Brown Gillespie, OBE||2002|
|Blair||Alfred Hill Glenn||1997|
|Blairbuis||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Bognie, Mountblairy & Frendraught||Banffshire||Alexander Gordon Morison|
|Bombie||Kirkcudbrightshire||Professor Barrie Owen Pettman|
|Buchan Forest||Kirkcudbrightshire||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Buncle and Preston||Berwickshire||Olivier Fuchs of Cockburn|
|Buquhollie & Freswick||Caithness||Ivor John Spencer-Thomas|
|Busbye||Wigtownshire||early 16th century||Houston family until 18th century|
|Calder||West Lothian||14th century||James Andrew Douglas Sandilands, 15th Lord Torphichen||1975|
|Cambusnethan||Lanarkshire||1315||Terence Alvis of Lee||1988|
|Carmichael||Lanarkshire||Richard John Carmichael|
|Carnysmul Carnysmule Carnymul Carnesmole Carnysmolle (Kirkinner)||Wigtownshire||April 1372|
|Carstairs||Lanarkshire||Christopher Busch Reisinger|
|Cartsburn||Renfrewshire||1669||Dr. Pier Felice degli Uberti||2010|
|Cavers||Roxburgh||Prof. Andre Nathaniel-Rock, Baron of Cavers|
|Clary||Hope Reisinger Cobera|
|Clugstoun Clugistoun||Wigtownshire||prior 1471|
|Cluny||Aberdeenshire||Cosmo Alexander Linzee Gordon||2010|
|Cluny||Fife||Stuart Gordon Crane||1997|
|Cockenzie||Robert Adam Garrison|
|Coigach||Wester Ross||1511||Christopher Anthony Devonshire-Ellis||2011|
|Coldingham||Berwickshire||Dr Peter Leando||2012|
|Coldingknows (see Cowdenknowes)||Roxburgh||1634||Mark John Harden|
|Coll-Earn & Elphinstone||Stirlingshire||Bailey Bruce McCune||1988|
|Colstoun||East Lothian||Ludovic Davis Broun-Lindsay|
|Corrachree||Aberdeenshire||Alexander Richard Barlas|
|Corsewall||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Corstorphine||1431||Michael John Milne||2005|
|Cowdenknowes ||Roxburgh||Jan 15 1634||Mark John Harden||2002|
|Coxton||Morayshire||1686||Sir David Charles Kenneth Gordon Innes|
|Craichlaw Crachlew Crauchlew Crachlow Craichlew Craichlo||Wigtownshire||prior 14 July 1459|
|Craighall||Fife||Roger Alexander Lindsay|
|Craigie||Angus (Forfar)||1666||Rabbi Robert Owen Thomas||2011|
|Craigievar||Aberdeenshire||Sir John Alexander Cumnock Forbes|
|Craigmillar||Edinburgh||1511||Captain Brian Lawrence Williamson|
|Crimond||Aberdeenshire||Raymond Alexander Carnegie|
|Cromarty||Cromartyshire||John Bartholomew Wakelyn Nightingale|
|Crommey||Banffshire||Michael Thomas Innes||1978|
|Cruggleton Crigitoun||Wigtownshire||1325 or prior|
|Culbin||Morayshire||William Busch Reisinger|
|Cushnie||Aberdeenshire||Alan Trantor Robertson||2004|
|Dairsie||Fife||Christopher Bentham Ruffle|
|Danira and Comrie|
|Delvine||Perthshire||15th century||Dr Lars J C Lindberg||2008|
|Denboig||Fife||1657||Kenneth Lee MacLean|
|Denny||Stirlingshire||16th century||Alessandro Pompili||2011|
|Dinnet||Aberdeenshire||J. M. Marcus Humphrey|
|Dirleton||East Lothian||1220||Camilo Agasim-Pereira||2002|
|Dolphinstoun||East Lothian||Dr Julian Gawain Clifford Wills||2000|
|Drum||Kincardineshire||1323||David Charles Irvine||1992|
|Duart & Morvern||Argyll||1631||Sir Lachlan Hector Charles MacLean||1990|
|Dunconnel||Sir Charles Edward MacLean|
|Duncrub||Perthshire||Douglas Henry Smith|
|Dunure||Ayrshire||Brendan Roy Clouston||1997|
|Earlshall||Fife||Lt Col Paul Veenhuijzen|
|Echlin||Edinburgh||Rainer Alexander Leonard Mackenzie Kensy||2002|
|Edingight||Banffshire||John Berowald Innes|
|Elie & St Monans||Fife|
|Esslemont||Aberdeenshire||Charles Iain Robert Wolrige-Gordon||1976|
|Fairholm & Kirkton||Lanarkshire||James Christopher Stevenson-Hamilton|
|Fetternear||Aberdeenshire||Martin Edwin Thacker||2001|
|Finlaystone Maxwell||Renfrewshire||Nicholas Frederic Papanicolaou|
|Freuch||Wigtownshire||4 August 1559 or prior|
|Gala||Selkirkshire||John Philip Henry Schomberg Scott|
|Garioch||Aberdeenshire||12th century||George David Menking||2012|
|Garlies||Kirkcudbrightshire||30 November 1263||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Garrallan||Ayrshire||John Robert Douglas Boswell|
|Garthland||Wigtownshire||prior 8 August 1637|
|Gartly||Aberdeenshire||David Charles James|
|Gartmore||Stirling||William Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham||1996|
|Glasserton||Wigtownshire||23 October 1542 or prior|
|Glencammon||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Glengarnock||Ayrshire||Robert Scott MacGregor|
|Glenluce||Wigtownshire||prior 12 Sep 1628|
|Gourdie||Perthshire||George Alastair Smyth Cox|
|Gordon Easter or Gordoun||Berwickshire||1150||Morange Michel|
|Grandhome||Aberdeenshire||David Romer Paton|
|Grantully||Perthshire||Henry Steuart Fothringham|
|Greenan||Ayrshire||Hope Reisinger Cobera|
|Greenock and Blackhall||Renfrewshire||Sir Ludovic Houston Shaw Stewart, 12th Baronet [NB not Baron of G and B]|
|Grougar||Ayrshire||1321||David Ian McLean|
|Hailes||East Lothian||1343||S.A. Malin of Hailes||2008|
|Haliburton and Lambden||Berwickshire||Col (Rtd) Lance Bernadotte Miller||2016|
|Hallrule||Roxburghshire||Olivier Fuchs of Cockburn|
|Halydean||Roxburghshire||1128||Taylor Forrester Moffitt|
|Hartsyde||Lanarkshire||1345||Jean-Guy Philip Boisserolles de Saint-Julien|
|Herbertshire||Falkirk||John William Templeton Moffat||2001|
|Horsbrugh||Peeblesshire||Michael John Baylis Chenery||1995|
|Houston||Renfrewshire||prior 28 August 1296||Johnny Sei Hoe Hon||2016|
|Inche||Wigtownshire||16 November 1528 or prior|
|Innermessan or Invermessan||Wigtownshire||20 April 1566 or prior|
|Innerwick||East Lothian||Victor Charles Verekar Cowley|
|Inneryne||Argyllshire||Ronald Busch Reisinger||1998|
|Innes||Morayshire||James Wilson Mitchell||2004|
|Jedburgh Forest||Roxburghshire||3 Feb 1602||Richard Bruce Bernadotte Miller||2010|
|Kelly||Aberdeenshire||Bruce Wayne Kneller||2004|
|Kemnay||Aberdeenshire||Susan Letitia Burnett||1978|
|Kilmarnock||Ayrshire||1316||Eur Ing David Ayre||2002|
|Kincaid||Heather Veronica Kincaid|
|Kinghilt Kinhilt Kenhilt Kilhilt||Wigtownshire||prior 25 October 1632|
|Kinnairdy||Banffshire||Colin William Innes||1990|
|Kinnear||Michael Jean Georges Pilette|
|Kirkbuddo||Angus||1463||Jean-Yves de Sainte-Croix de La Sabliere||2011|
|Kirkdale||Wigtownshire||Ramsey William Rainsford Hannay|
|Kirkliston||West Lothian||1618||Andor László Oleg Vilmos v. Jaross||2002|
|Kirriemuir||Angus||1390||Gerhard Clark Gordon Anderson||2014|
|Kirknewton||Midlothian||Diana Theodora Adair Hargreave||1992|
|Lambden (also known as Hassington)||Berwickshire||Col (Rtd) Lance Bernadotte Miller||2016|
|Largo||Fife||Timothy Fawcett Wood||2011|
|Lathallan||Fife||Jean Alison Spens||1995|
|Lee||Lanarkshire||1272||Addison McElroy Fischer||2004|
|Leslie||Aberdeenshire||David Carnegie Leslie|
|Leswalt||Wigtownshire||(prior to 10 Nov 1426 now Lochnaw)||Gordon Stanley Clifford Park Wills Prestoungrange||2004|
|Lethendy||Perthshire||Charles Campbell Gairdner|
|Leys||Aberdeenshire||James Comyn Amherst Burnett|
|Liberton (or Over Liberton)||Midlothian||Olivier Fuchs||2009|
|Lochfergus||Albert Edward Gazeley|
|The Superiority of the Lands of Lochlands||Aberdeenshire|
|Lochnaw (see Leswalt)||Wigtownshire||Gordon Stanley Clifford Park Wills Prestoungrange||2004|
|Logane||Wigtownshire||29 April 1576 or prior|
|Loncastell||Wigtownshire||30 July 1551 or prior|
|Marchmont||Berwickshire||Roland Eugen Staehli||1996|
|MacDuff||Fife||circa 1039||Dr. James Mark Domesek|
|Martyn-Kennedy alias Frethrid||Wigtownshire||10 January 1541-2 or prior|
|Mearns||Renfrewshire||David Leslie Thorpe||2002|
|Menie||Aberdeenshire||1317||Michael Woodley of Menie||1995|
|Mertoun||Wigtownshire||8 July 1504|
|Midmar||Aberdeenshire||Richard Farrington Wharton|
|Miltonhaven||Kincardineshire||William Alexander Newlands|
|Mochrum||Wigtownshire||11 August 1472 or prior|
|Montgomerie||Wigtownshire||prior 25 October 1636|
|Mordington||Berwickshire||Between 1124 and 1153||Graham Senior-Milne of Edrington||1998|
|Moy||Argyll||Lorne Gillean Iain Maclaine|
|Mureth||Wigtownshire||28 January 1514 or prior|
|Myrton||Wigtownshire||1470 or prior||Professor Mark Watson-Gandy|
|Newton||Stirlingshire||3 Apr 1685||Philip David Pickering|
|Ormiston||East Lothian||31 August 1637||Brian Douglas Parsons||2003|
|Peaston (or Paistoun)||East Lothian||Robert Garrett Jackson of Paistoun||2003|
|Penicuik||Midlothian||Sir John Dutton Clerk|
|Pitcaple||Aberdeenshire||Christopher Hugo Niall Burges-Lumsden|
|Pitcruivie||Fife||Douglas Meager Wallace Wagland||1996|
|Pitmilly||Fife||Peter John Gybbon-Monypenny||1987|
|Plean||Stirlingshire||George Alexander Way||1985|
|Plenderleith||Roxburghshire||1306||Clifford Dewey Michael Paul Harmon II||2007|
|Portlethen||Kincardineshire||Maurice Charles Robert Taylor|
|Portrie||Wigtownshire||prior 25 October 1636|
|Preston and Prestonpans||East Lothian||1460||David Ian McLean|
|Prestoungrange||East Lothian||Mathew Jonathan Clifford Wills of Prestoungrange||2004|
|Primside and House Site||Roxburghshire|
|Quhithorne or Whithorn||Wigtownshire||6 September 1569 or prior|
|Rannoch||Perthshire||1 Sep 1502|
|Rattray||Perthshire||Philip Arthur Cumyn|
|Ravenstone||Wigtownshire||Frank Andrew Renwick||1983|
|Remistoun||Wigtownshire||5 February 1540-41 or prior|
|Renfrew||Renfrewshire||1398||Charles, Prince of Wales||1952|
|Robertland||Ayrshire||5 March 1539/40||Brian Douglas Parsons||Feb 2005|
|Rossie||Fife||John Philip Oliphant|
|Rusco||Kirkcudbrightshire||Robert Graham Carson|
|Saulsait Saulset||Wigtownshire||prior 16 Feb 1629|
|Seybeggis or Seabegs||Stirlingshire||15th century||George M. Burden||2014|
|Seggieden||Perthshire||The Count of St. Florence|
|Smeaton Hepburn||East Lothian||George Bovill Rennie Gray|
|Stobo||Peeblesshire||1577||The Much Hon. William Jolly|
|Stoneywood||Aberdeenshire||Charles Henry Francis Mack||2000|
|Strathlachlan||Argyll||Euan John Maclachlan of Maclachlan|
|Strichen||Aberdeenshire||1515||Massimiliano Muzzi of Strichen||2014|
|Struan||Perthshire||Alexander Gilbert Haldane Robertson||1983|
|Swinton||Berwickshire||1098||James Christopher Swinton|
|Teallach||Dennistoun Gordon Teall|
|Traquair||Peeblesshire||1491||Catherine Margaret Mary Maxwell-Stuart|
|Trent||2002||Charles A. Cogdill|
|Tulloch||Ross and Cromarty||1542||David Willien|
|Urquhart||Morayshire||1587||Robert A. Cromartie of Urquhart-on-Spey||2004|
|Wells||Roxburghshire||Bryce Lee West||2009|
|Wigtoun||Lanarkshire||19 Mar 1606|
|Wormiston||Fife||Michael Patrick Spens||1970|
|Yeochrie||Aberdeenshire||Richard Downing Jacoby Stuart|
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