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Power of the Land

A brief history of landownership in Scotland.

This film looks at some of the key events in the evolution of landownership in Scotland from the earliest times, to today’s land reform agenda.

How was land controlled in Scotland’s early communities? How did the Roman presence and the development of early states like Pictland, Dalriata and Alba affect control of the land? What was the impact of feudalism and what were the effects of the highland clearances?

The film provides a personal perspective on how Scotland’s land should be owned and controlled viewed through the lens of history.


The script for this film has been based upon the following sources.

Any factual errors or errors in interpretation have been made in  

good faith.

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