Book Review , Andy Wightman 'The Poor had no Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland (and how they got it)'

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Environmental law is a fascinating subject. It is an area with which this reviewer would not claim any particular expertise, which is a strange claim to make at the outset of a review in an environmental law journal. Imagine, then, the audacity of writing a book of 32 chapters on land ownership in Scotland, yet making an open apology in the introduction for any shortcomings in the analysis contained in the subsequent text. That is exactly what Andy Wightman does in the fi rst chapter of his book. Then why, pray tell, should anyone take the time to read it? The more pertinent question for this review, perhaps, is what interest may it have to readers interested in environmental regulation?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-243
Number of pages2
JournalEnvironmental Law Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • land law
  • land reform
  • Scotland
  • community right to buy
  • land ownership
  • feudal system

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