Or is it "My Lady"? I've never been royalty before. Thanks to Highland Titles, wholly owned by Highland Titles Charitable Trust for Scotland, however, I am now officially Lady Maura of Glencoe. Actually, one of my sisters is also now a Lady of Glencoe and one of my brothers is a Lord of Glencoe, and according to the Highland Titles web site, we have "over 200,000" companions in lady/lord/lairdshipness. It is all for a good cause; the preservation of highland wilderness, flora, and fauna, including my favorite, the endangered Scottish wildcat. (This is a real animal, honest, we saw one stuffed at the museum in Glencoe.) For about $45 you can be a laird, lord, or lady or give titled status to the Scotland enthusiast in your life. This is especially meaningful if you have ancestors from the areas where the organization has a nature reserve or to which you have traveled personally. Highland Titles currently sells plots of land in the Glencoe Wood Nature Reserve (a beautiful area) and the Mountain View Nature Reserve (where they help the Scottish wildcat and bumblebees. Title holders there are Lords/Lairds/Ladies of Lochaber.) You can buy plots ranging from one square foot to 1,000 square feet. The finer points of all this, like having a tartan (see the Glencoe tartan below), how royal you really are (not), and bequeathing your land to an heir (yes, you can do that) are explained on the web site.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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