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Scotland Is Giving Everyone in This Tiny Connecticut Town the Title of Lord or Lady

A land preservation company is giving the residents of Scotland, Connecticut their own plot of land in Scotland-and the title that comes with it.
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Usually calling oneself a lord or lady requires some serious family history, but residents of Scotland, Connecticut are getting fast-tracked. Highland Titles, a Scottish land preservation company, is giving all 1,694 residents of Scotland, Connecticut a plot of land across the pond in its nature reserve in Glencoe Wood, Scotland (below).


With the land comes the courtesy title of Lord or Lady of Glencoe, so the town in rural northeast Connecticut is becoming very aristocratic all of a sudden. Highland Titles, which also sells plots of land (and accompanying courtesy titles) for $44, says that residents must call the town selectman’s office for individual codes that a dedicated secretary will distribute.

The company says "the gift is all about land conservation." Over the last thousand years, the forests throughout Scotland (in the United Kingdom) have been destroyed by industry and farming, and Highland Titles says only one percent of the native woodland remains today. These individual plots "help fund the rescuing of woodlands, tree planting, maintenance and acquisition of land at risk of development–ensuring it cannot be purchased or developed."

"We were delighted by the generous gift to our community given by the people at Highland Titles," Dan Syme, first selectman of the American town said in a press release. "Scotland, Connecticut was settled in 1700 by Scotsman Isaac Magoon and was named after his ancestral home. Every year, we celebrate our lineage by hosting the Highland Festival and we care very much about our open spaces and natural landscapes here in eastern Connecticut—so this gift is a natural fit for us."

We expect the Highland Festival will have lots of lords and ladies dancing next year.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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