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Scotland’s Foreshore: Public Rights, Private Rights and the Crown 1840-2017

ISBN13: 9781474436915
Published: July 2018
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: Scotland
Format: Hardback
Price: £80.00

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The ownership of Scotland’s foreshore has been a matter of a prolonged controversy. In the past, the debate centered on whether the shore was owned by the Crown or by adjacent proprietors and on how, and by whom, Crown-owned foreshore should be managed.

Scotland’s Foreshore tells the story of the battle that took place during the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century between the Crown and private proprietors over the ownership of the foreshore.

Drawing on his expert knowledge of law and its evolution, MacAskill provides new and valuable insights into the foreshore controversy and the contest between proprietors and the Crown and he discusses the important issues as to the management of the foreshore, issues that culminated in responsibility for the management of Scotland’s Crown-owned foreshore being devolved to the Scottish Parliament at a time when the question of land ownership is central to Scottish political debate.

Scots Law
Preface and Acknowledgments
Glossary of Legal Terms
Chapter 1 - A matter of prolonged controversy in Scotland
Chapter 2 - Illegal encroachments of the Crown on the rights of proprietors
Chapter 3 - A strange piece of legislation’ and ‘a Jesuitical paper
Chapter 4 - One of the most prominent and assertive members
Chapter 5 - A more favourable case to adopt could scarcely be obtained
Chapter 6 - What remains in the Crown cannot be of great extent
Chapter 7 - The proposals amount to the most bare-faced confiscation
Chapter 8 - The Argyll influence in Tiree is paramount
Chapter 9 - A genuine opportunity to change the fabric of Scottish society
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