500 good years: Land changes hands in Scotland

Crofts in Netherdale Scotland (© Flickr/kjbax )
Crofts in Netherdale, Scotland (© Flickr/kjbax )

It was not until this century that Scotland abolished the medieval practice of feudal land tenure, whereby vassals had continued to pay owners for use of the land. When this programme was made, in the years running up to the passage of key land reform acts in 2003, there was widespread discussion about who should eventually have the right to use, own or buy land, where for centuries crofters had made a simple livelihood, sheep had been grazing and the local lords went hunting. An emotional subject, especially in the beautiful Highlands.

Producer: Martha Hawley

Broadcast: 2002