|This article is missing information about details of what Udal law is and how it differs from other systems of law. (August 2008)|
Udal law was codified by the kings Magnus I of Norway "the good" and Magnus VI of Norway "lawmender". The Treaty of Perth transferred the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Man to Scots law while Norse law and rule still applied for Shetland and Orkney.
Scottish Courts have intermittently acknowledged the supremacy of Udal law in property cases up to the present day. Major differences from Scots law include shore ownership rights, important for pipelines and cables.
Udal law generally holds sway in Shetland and Orkney, along with Scots law.
The udal tenant holds without charter by uninterrupted possession on payment to the Crown, the kirk, or a grantee from the Crown of a tribute called scat (Norwegian: skatt, now meaning "tax"), or without such payment, the latter right being more strictly the udal right. They were convertible into feus at the option of the udallers until feu was abolished in 2004.
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- Lord Advocate v University of Aberdeen & Budge  CSIH 1, 1963 SC 533, 1963 SLT 361 (2 August 1963)
- "Udal Tenure". Registers of Scotland. 21 July 2015.
- Historical look at Udal Law - Charles-tait.co.uk Retrieved from Internet Archive on 10 February 2006.
- Udal Law campaign group
- Article including several case references
- Article on Udal Law and coastline ownership
- "Norse landing". The Scotsman. 22 February 2003.
- "Sir Peter's taste for swan has him fall foul of law". The Scotsman. 19 March 2005.
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