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The Poor Had No Lawyers

Who Owns Scotland and How They Got it

By: Andy Wightman

Price: CAD $28.99

Publisher: BIRLINN LIMITED

Imprint: Birlinn

560 Pages

7.8 X 5.1 ins

ISBN:  9781780273105 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 09/01/2015

In this book, Andy Wightman updates the statistics of landownership in Scotland and explores how and why landowners got their hands on the millions of acres of land that were once held in common. He tells the untold story of how Scotland's legal establishment and politicians managed to appropriate land through legal fixes. Have attempts to redistribute this power more equitably made any difference, and what are the full implications of the recent debt-fuelled housing bubble, the Smith Commission and the new Scottish Government's proposals on land reform?

Andy Wightman was born in Dundee and studied forestry at Aberdeen University. He worked as a ghillie, environmental scientist, and an environmental campaigner before becoming a self-employed writer and researcher in 1993. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Who Owns Scotland, a prominent analyst and critic of land reform process and an MSP for the Scottish Green Party. He lives in Edinburgh.



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