Laird

  • General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The Title of ''Laird'' was a 15th Century Scottish term used to identify a Noble who was in charge of or owed a vast tract or region of Countryside. These properties could have come about through birthright or by gifting. It was a common method by English Kings and Queens to name a Laird within Scotland who was loyal to The Crown and would help in keeping ''the Peace''. The Title was also adopted by Highland Clans to identify a particular Landowner within a Region. It would become akin to the term and Title of ''Esquire'' by the 18th Century forward. Today, while the term has fallen from general use among Nobility within The English System, it is still found in some regions as a hereditary Title.