I'm not sure to which part of the previous post you refer but briefly:
1) The Isle of Eigg, an island off the west coast of Scotland, was purchased
by the inhabitants of the island for 1.5 million pounds. The previous owner,
a German artist, was one in a serious of foreign, absentee owners who made
great promises to the residents about developing the island but ended up
doing absolutely nothing. The residents now control their own destiny and
are no longer at the mercy of these wannabee lairds.
2) My comment regarding serfdom is that Scotland is still governed by land
tenancy laws dating back 900 years to the feudal era. Many people, especially
in the Highlands and islands, live as tenants on land owned by other people.
Even some people who own their homes do not own the land on which the homes
are built. Landlords have sweeping, intrusive rights to control the actions
of their tenants. They can deny a tenant permission to start a business in
his home. MacLeod of MacLeod, owner of Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye,
wanted to charge two of his tenants who did fish farming along the coast
15,000 pounds per year to carry their fish across the beach to their crofts
based on an old feudal law that entitles a landowner to charge a fee for the
privilege of crossing the portion of the beach affected by the tides.
> > From: Stephanie Steely <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Eigg News Flash
> > Date: Saturday, April 05, 1997 11:48 PM
> > Martin Burns wrote:
> > >
> > > News Flash!
> > >
> > > The residents have managed to buy the island for 1.5m pounds.
> > >
> > > Just announced on RScotland
> > Tears came to my eyes when I first read this last evening.
> > Let's hope this is the beginning of the end of serfdom in
> > all of Scotland.
> > Steph