Highland Heritage

LAIRD-OF-GLENMORE.COM  & HIGHLANDLAIRDTITLES.COM & APIECEOFSCOTLAND.COM &

Laird of Glenmore / Laird of Kingsdale

OWNERSHIP

TOM CANAVAN
HIGHLAND HERITAGE SERVICES
113 GLASGOW ROAD
PAISLEY
RENFREWSHIRE
PA1 3LZ

Highland Heritage Services Ltd. was founded by Mr Thomas Canavan on 13 Dec 2002. Five years later he “dissolved” the company and he has continued to trade from his home in Paisley since then as a sole trader.

In addition Mr Canavan runs HIGHLANDHERITAGEGIFTS.COM which sells Scottish themed gifts and he has also set up “Clans of Scotland” to sell the same products at www.Aweweber.com.

113 Glasgow Road
Highland Heritage Services

WEB SITE

This is a rather old-fashioned looking site, home-made by Highland Heritage Services themselves. They also trade on eBay, where they share that forum with some rather dubious vendors and some very unlikely titles.

The land is on the far flung Isle of Sanday in the Orkneys. We’re not sure what the unique selling point is here, aside from the fact that the plots of land are in the Orkneys – the offering is fairly standard fare. You get your deed, your information pack, a plan showing where your plot is and a map of the island, if you should decide to visit — it all looks rather bland. The official looking Ordnance survey map makes it look as if your plot is unique and defined, but that is smoke and mirrors. Unfortunately the plot is no more identifiable than most of the others.

Highland Heritage Services give us all the usual reasons why a lairdship is a great present (for oneself, one’s relations, one’s friends, one’s colleagues), but they don’t (and we can’t figure out why) give us any reasons to buy this product over all the others on the markets. Sanday will have, we have no doubt, all sorts of human stories, all sorts of unique wildlife, all sorts of ecology which might feed into the lairdships, make them more exciting, more buyable, but instead we have this rather flat, workaday website offering a square foot from a crofter’s field. This might be caused by any number of things, but we would certainly feel a lot more involved in the offering if we had pictures of the land, or of “Tom Canavan”.

Less good is that there is no contact email address on the Contact Us page. Just an impersonal “send us an Email” form and the address of  his home in Glasgow**.

Without getting our hopes too high, we sent “Tom” our standard email and within hours we received a courteous reply from Tom Canavan conceding that the land was not actually identified (too difficult apparently). Tom sends out orders every day or so, so we would expect to receive our pack promptly. He offered a first rate 90 day refund policy – the best we found but currently sold none of the themed products (with a crest) that makes so many of the other Lairdships look so much fun. We were surprised to learn from the emailed reply that Tom’s email address was chief(at)classic1.demon.co.uk rather than chief@laird-of-glenmore.com or similar. Perhaps Tom is not too good with technology.

And that is just about it. Highland Heritage Services give us all the usual reasons why a lairdship is a great present (for oneself, one’s relations, one’s friends, one’s colleagues), but they don’t (and we can’t figure out why) give us any reasons to buy this product over all the others on the market.

Sanday will have, we have no doubt, all sorts of human stories, all sorts of wildlife stories, all sorts of ecological stories which might feed into the lairdships, make them more exciting, more buyable, but instead we have this rather flat, workaday website. This might be caused by any number of things, but we would certainly feel considerably more involved in the offering if we had pictures of the Laird’s area or even the vendors, both of which appear in the Laird of Bandrum package

5 thoughts on “Highland Heritage

  1. They took my money and I got nothing. That was when I noticed that they dont have a phone number. They dont reply to their contact form and their is no email address. I wish I had found this site before I sent them my order.

  2. I ordered two items, but received only one as ordered. One was correct, and the other item not what was ordered. After numerous attempts I still don’t have the second item and have given up. They do not answer emails and I cannot find a phone number for them. A letter sent to their address returned undelivered. Will not deal with them again

  3. I thought it better to help with the restoration of Dunans Castle in Scotland and “own” a bit of land, which will technically allow you to use the prefix of Laird or Lady. A Scottish landowner is called a Laird. Laird Timmy would like to invite you to join the club. “Own” a bit of Scottish land, which technically enables you to be a Laird or a Lady

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