Terms

We hope you find this site useful. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us through our contact form. The following terms relate to all transactions, communications and other matters involving this site and your use of it.

Scottish Laird Terms, Conditions & Policies

  1. By purchasing a title (see 3 below) or any other product from this website you are deemed to have accepted these terms.
  2. “ScottishLaird.com”, “ScottishLord.com” and all derivatives of “Dunans Castle”, “Chaol Ghleann” and “Dunans” are to be used only with the express permission of the proprietors of Dunans Castle Limited (“the proprietors” or “ScottishLaird.com”). The proprietors reserve the right to withhold their permission to use these terms as they hold the copyright to these terms exclusively. The proprietors also reserve the right to withdraw their permission for the use of the terms “Laird of Dunans Castle”, “Lady of Dunans Castle”, “Lord of Dunans Castle”, “Laird of Chaol Ghleann”, “Lady of Chaol Ghleann” and “Lord of Chaol Ghleann” at any time. The withdrawal of permission shall be occasioned only at the discretion of the proprietors.
  3. The term “title” on this website, and in all paperwork pertaining to this project, being the “ScottishLaird.com project”, refers to the informal Scottish practice of calling a landowner ‘Laird’, ‘Lord’ or ‘Lady’.
  4. The titles as noted in (2) and (3) above shall be granted under the laws of Scotland, and shall only pertain to the individual(s) whose name(s) is(are) entered on a valid deed of entitlement.
  5. As the title ‘Laird’ or the associated ‘Lady’ and ‘Lord’ (in this context ‘Lady’ or ‘Lord’ is specifically relating only to the ownership of land, not anything else, nor any other type of title) only accrues to a person who owns land in Scotland, your title will relate specifically to one square foot of land set in the grounds of Dunans Castle, which you will ‘own’ on an informal basis, and will be referred to specifically in your Deed of Entitlement. This land will be identified by an ID number at Dunans on a plan derived from the deeds of Dunans. You will receive a plan of the site with the approximate position of ‘your’ piece of land marked, this will be for illustrative purposes only. The exact position of your square foot of land will be derived from the ID number and relative to two permanent markers set out on site by Charles Dixon-Spain, Laird of Dunans Castle.
  6. The proprietors reserve the right to refuse the sale of their titles if they believe that the title will be subject to multiple resale, other forms of monetization or have been paid for by a competitor. The only authorised seller of titles is ScottishLaird.com. An administration charge of £20 will be levied to cover expenses, as well as PayPal fees in these cases. We will refund remaining monies via PayPal. ScottishLaird.com (and its associated sites) reserves the right to report activities which infringe its copyright et al. to the relevant authorities, even in the case that the sale of a title has been refused. If a sale has been made and money accepted, and then ScottishLaird.com finds its products, trademarks, copyright et al., have been infringed it will terminate the Laird and/or Lady’s permission to use their title(s) and will not offer any refunds.
  7. ScottishLaird.com will from time to time offer seasonally-based personalised ‘extras’ with their packages and these will be announced on the website. If your order qualifies for such an offer (ie. a Christmas Card from the Laird, or a Valentine’s message), we undertake to email you with details, but please feel free to let us know if you have any special requests.
  8. Trees planted in honour of Lairds and Ladies, will not necessarily be planted upon the one square foot of land owned by that Laird or Lady. The actual siting of the tree will depend upon the topographical, environmental and ecological considerations which pertain onsite. The planting of trees will take place only at the correct time of year.
  9. The Sponsorship of trees, whether native or exotic, does not imply ownership of those trees nor the ground they stand upon. Nor do any rights over those trees accrue to the sponsor, other than the right to be identified as sponsor of those trees or tree.
  10. All benefits for our packages are subject to change and alteration without notice.
  11. Upgrades to the Marble package may occasion the use of a Deed of Relinquishment. This document will allow ScottishLaird.com to issue adjacent plots of land to a laird and lady when one has already a plot of land. That original plot of land will be relinquished in favour of one of the adjacent plots. This relinquishment will be deemed to have been agreed to on purchase of the upgrade. All rights to the original plot will become void on purchase of the upgrade.
  12. We reserve the right to update these terms at any time, and these terms as reproduced here are to augment and supersede those terms as sent to the individual Lairds and Ladies and referred to as “the Deed of Entitlement”.
  13. All payment will be taken through Paypal and all transactions will be subject to the terms and conditions of this service.
  14. If any mistake is made in the personalisation of your product please let us know on receipt. If we are not notified within 30 days of receipt we reserve the right to charge postage for a resent package.
  15. If the Lord and/or Lady fields are left blank at checkout our policy is to use the name(s) of the person(s) ordering on the deed of entitlement. If revisions are required and you let us know within 30 days of the order, we will be happy to redraw the deed for the cost of postage and packing only, thereafter we will have to make a full charge for the redrawing of the deed.
  16. In the case of our titles, if you receive a damaged item, please let us know and we will happily resend it, however we will have to charge postage for the resend.
  17. If you do not receive any item from us within 30 days, please notify us immediately. We will not be able to resend or refund an item after 60 days, inclusive of the day of purchase. We will have to charge postage for the resend.
  18. If you are in any way dissatisfied with this product we offer a full no quibbles refund within 60 days inclusive a day of purchase (using Paypal). Thereafter no refunds can be offered. To qualify for a refund you must send the deed of entitlement back to us within the 60 days of purchase. We will not refund your postage & packing cost.
  19. Your privacy is paramount and will not be compromised in any fashion.
  20. ScottishLaird.com does not and will not use your details in any way other than for official Dunans Castle Limited business.
  21. Any order which is not completed will be deleted from the system within 7 days. We reserve the right to email addresses entered on the system once to ascertain the reasons for a failed or incomplete transaction. If we do not receive any reply to this email we will delete all records of that email address from our systems.
  22. When payment is taken over the telephone, via fax, or via email, using Paypal’s direct credit card processing service, we will retain only the details of the transaction, not your credit card details. Your credit card details will be disposed of securely once the transaction has been processed. If you would prefer the convenience of having your credit card details retained for further transactions, please use our online cart. If you have any queries regarding the disposal of credit card details, please contact us.
  23. ScottishLaird.com does use cookies to ensure use of the site is as seamless as possible, however, we do not retain information from these cookies, nor does this information persist beyond your visit to our site. If you would like more information on cookies and their uses please contact us or visit the WordPress.org site which has detailed information on the applications which drive this website.
  24. All orders will be sent out to new lairds or ladies within 14 days of being ordered. We cannot guarantee delivery any sooner that 28 days after your order has been made, however we do promise to do our best to get your deed to you as quickly as possible.
  25. If you select the electronic version, it will be delivered, print-ready, to the email address you give us. If you do not receive your order within 24 hours, please contact us. The paper version of the deeds will follow in due course as per the abovenoted timescale.
  26. We will only guarantee communications to us via our contact form, or via Paypal.com. AOL.com email addresses and some others have given ScottishLaird.com some problems with delivery both to and from our email address. Therefore if you do not receive a contact in a timely manner and you have an AOL.com address, please use our alternate address “scottishlaird at googlemail dot com” or our contact from on this site. We will not be held responsible for missing or missed email communications.
  27. We reserve the right to use anonymised comments as testimonials for the services that Scottish Laird offers.
  28. It is to this page Lairds and Ladies should refer to for updates.
  29. This website and all its products are subject to the laws of Scotland.
  30. This website is copyright of Charles S. Dixon-Spain. All rights are reserved.
  31. If you have any feedback on these terms and conditions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

58 thoughts on “Terms

  1. I’m desended from Scottish nobility through my mother. I have no title, or claim to one. I would like to be a Laird, if possible

  2. Hi Derenda, It depends on the Laird or Lady. We are perfectly happy for the title to be inherited, and can provide suitable paperwork. Best regards, Charles

  3. Hi Carl, By purchasing a piece of land at Dunans Castle you can become one of our lairds and join an ever-growing community of folk interested in the restoration of one of Argyll and Scotland’s lost mansions! Kind regards, Charles

  4. Hi Sheila,

    The fishing rights are those which accrue to Dunans Castle and its policies: specifically two good pools where salmon and trout can be caught in season (and returned of course!). And visits to the site out of season are by appointment with me, via the numbers listed on the site, or via our contact form. Hope that answers your questions!

    Best Charles

  5. I just recieved my Laird package and deed, and I was wondering are there any type of yearly taxes for the plot or is everything handled the 1 time that the plot is purchased?

  6. I live in the united states. would I be able to use the title of Laird (lord) here say on my drivers lic and or credit cards… there was a woman on tv from the UK and she had bought into the castle and she did use the title on her credit cards and I.D’s… just wondering since I am in the U.S.A… thank you. this is such a wonderful gift… I plan buying more for everyone for birthdays and christmas…

  7. Hi Gary,

    That’s correct, everything is handled on the one time the plot is purchased.

    Kind regards,

    Charles

  8. Hi Allen,

    Great to hear from you! I understand from other Lairds and Ladies in the US that this is the case and that banks and credit card companies are very happy to use the prefix. And of course we are delighted you have enjoyed the gift and hope to see you at Dunans soon!

    Kind regards,

    Charles

  9. Will this entitle me to change my bank details title to Lord. I know it wouldnt have any legal status. But it would be awesome.

  10. Hi Dave, Awesome is the word. I think many folk have had success in this, but it does seem to vary from bank to bank! Best Charles

  11. Would you be able to list Lord and Lady on your passport. I agree with earlier comments re bank accounts it wouldn’t meen anything but when checking into hotels….. just to see the faces?

  12. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Because these are fun ‘Decorative Titles’ designed to support the restoration of the castle, they can’t be used on official documentation I’m afraid.

    Kind regards,

    Charles

  13. Hi. I live in Denmark and i just bought the laird package. Is there any additional taxes or anything like that?

  14. Hi Charles,

    What a wonderful and amazing, not to mention quite funny, idea of giving way to help supporting the restoration of your beautiful castle. I have of course joined in on this project humming quietly to myself “la la she´s a Lady” ;-).
    Best whishes for the future.

    Kind regards,
    Anita.

  15. Good morning!
    I just bought this as a present for my boyfriend. Will he recieve a certificate saying ‘Lord Petros Sarris’ or Will he recieve à certificate saying just ‘Lord of Dunans Castle’? It would me sooo much cooler if he would recieve à certificate with his own name

  16. Good morning Charles!
    I just bought this as a present for my boyfriend. Will he recieve a certificate saying ‘Lord Petros Sarris’ or Will he recieve à certificate saying just ‘Lord of Dunans Castle’? It would me sooo much cooler if he would recieve à certificate with his own name on it!!

    Best regards from Louise, Sweden

  17. Hi,
    I’m sorry to probably repeat a question but are there any other costs what so ever after we have paid this one time fee?

    Have a nice day! =)

  18. Hi,
    I wounder if I’ll be the formal owner of my square foot of land and if that might impose any additional future costs such as taxes, maintenance fees etc.
    Best Regards,
    Erik

  19. Hey!
    I want to buy the Lord-and-Lady-deal for my parents, and brother and sister, so my question is: Do they get an individual certificates? Or do I need to buy two separate Lady and Lord-deals for by brother and sister if I want them to have an individual certificate?
    And also, is it possible to ship them (to Norway) together or do I have to ship them individually and pay for each one separate?
    Thank you for your help! 🙂

  20. What will happen if You decide to sell the castle to someone…. Can I and the rest of land owners be forced to sell to the new owner or just give it to the new owner

  21. Hi Lars, We have a charitable trust which will take over the management of the Lairds and Ladies area, as well as the garden and the bridge. Which means the land is your in perpetuity whatever Sadie and myself decide to do (although, frankly, we are not likely to move as we love it so much! Best Charles

  22. Hi Linn, Thanks for getting in touch. Every title comes with its own deed, but you might well be advised to purchase the titles separately for brother and sister because the Lord and Lady are intended for couples. If we can we ship packages together, except when they are for a Groupon promotion where we have to send packages individually! Kind regards, Charles

  23. Hi Grace,

    Couples get a square foot each, and therefore a deed of entitlement each with their own name. The plots are of course side-by-side!

    Kind regards,

    Charles

  24. Just a quick question. I bought the gift tin through Amazon, and the details of the actual Deed process were lacking. Once we get the gift, we then need to actually register with you, and then the official Deed will be sent…is that correct? This is such a fun, unique gift and I can’t wait to see my husband’s face on Christmas morning!

  25. Would you please advise as to how specifically to properly incorporate the title into one’s name? Should I use Lady Firstname Lastname, Lady Lastname of Dunans, Lady Firstname Lastname of Dunans, or some other combination? Should the wording change while the titleholder is a very young boy or girl? It would be most helpful to have a FAQ describing how to properly use a title, since I suspect many of your newly minted Lairds and Ladies are as unfamiliar with everyday use of titles as I am. Regards and Happy Christmas!

  26. Hi there,

    The usual form is Laird Firstname Middlename Surname of Dunans, however, because these are decorative titles, you may style yourself as you think most becoming to your new station in life!

    Kind regards,

    Charles

  27. As a very new Lady of Chaol Ghleann, I just wanted to say that I think this is a lovely, fun way to acknowledge my Scottish ancestry, even though the title is only decorative. My mother is Scottish ( Darroch, a Sept House of the Clan Mc Donald) and a dedicated fly fisherwoman – hence my choice of the title associated with the river !
    Kind regards
    Janis

  28. This is such a fun and brilliant idea, thanks to who ever come up with the idea! I’m thrilled to receive my certificates for me and my husband as a wedding day gift. Hopefully we’ll be able to visit soon!

    If possible, as answered to another question, I’d also like to have the necessary paperwork for our 2 sons to be able to inherit these great titles. Thanks!

    Best,
    Lady Outi

  29. Laird Charles, I apologize. Had I been able to access this earlier it would have saved you so many unnecessary emails. This clears up all my questions! Thank you! Lady Donna @ Lirds and Ladies of Dunans Castle Restoration page

  30. Hi Lady Outi,

    Thanks for your comment and we’ll be delighted to welcome you here — don’t forget to book your tour! As long as you will it, your sons will inherit the titles by default, and need only apply for a replacement deed of entitlement!

    Kind regards,

    Charles

  31. Hi Janis, Thanks so much for your comment! We really appreciate it! Kind regards, Charles

  32. Hi Ann, The interior of the castle is too dangerous at the moment. As soon as we have it cleared and consolidated, we’ll be going inside. This is likely to happen later this year, or the year after! Kind regards, Charles

  33. Hi Anders,

    Absolutely. The tartan should be released shortly, and kilts will be ready for order shortly thereafter!

    Kind regards,

    Charles

  34. Hi Donny,

    No costs associated with being Laird or Lady after the one-time fee!

    Hope that helps!

    Kind regards,

    Charles

  35. Hi Louise,

    The deed of entitlement will have his name on it, so it will be in the form of ‘Lord Petros Sarris of Dunans Castle’.

    Hope that helps!

    Kind regards,

    Charles

  36. was going to order this for a daughter and son-in-law — who were active in the SCA. since it’s an informal title, can I use their SCA names?

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