Andy Wightman at Skye Book Festival


Join Skye Book Festival for an evening with Andy Wightman who will be talking about his book The Poor Had No Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland and How They Got It


In this book, Andy Wightman updates the statistics of landownership in Scotland and explores how and why landowners got their hands on the millions of acres of land that were once held in common. He tells the untold story of how Scotland’s legal establishment and politicians managed to appropriate land through legal fixes. For all those with an interest in urban and rural land in Scotland, this discussion will provide a fascinating analysis of one the most important political questions in Scotland.

Andy Wightman is a writer, researcher, analyst, commentator and activist on issues of land, power, governance, democracy and money. Over the past 20 years he has undertaken a wide range of work on land tenure, landownership, land reform and, more recently community land rights, governance and the hegemonic dimensions of land relations.

The session will be chaired by Professor Jim Hunter and there will be an opportunity for questions at the end, specifically on the book, The Poor Had No Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland and How They Got It.


This event forms part of a series of literary events taking place online during September 2021, as part of Fèis Leabhraichean an Eilein – the Skye Book Festival.

Each event costs £5, but if you book all 5 events in the programme your total will be reduced from £25 to £15 if you select the ‘All 5’ ticket option.

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Thursday 02 Sep 2021
Virtual, United Kingdom