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ref date:27 Aug 1999 (ECON)
Feudal land owning system in Scotland to come to an end

For almost 8 centuries people in Scotland living in many rural areas have rented their farmland from 'Lords of the manor', paying fees set without regulation and subject to evictions at a moments notice.

Many of these landowners have shown respect for their tenants but many have abused their power and made the lives of their tennants miserable.

Within two years the system will be abolished by the new Scottish parliament and a new system with legal boundaries will be in its place.