I am now in the final stages of editing and proof reading of my next book to be published by Birlinn in October. Titled ‘The Poor had no Lawyers. Who owns Scotland (and how they got it)’, it seeks to analyse how the millions of acres of Scotland’s common lands disappeared into private ownership. It also provides detailed discussion of a whole range of topics related to land in Scotland. There are chapters on everything from the reformation to the community right to buy, from the Crown Estate to landownership and the education of the Edinburgh bourgeoise and from Gordon Brown’s failed economic policies which led to an inflated runaway housing boom to the SNP government and the death of land reform.

I will shortly be promoting a pre-publication offer for the book – details shortly. Meanwhile, if you are interested in a copy, let me know and I will make sure you are on the list.


  1. Tell me when it is published and where to buy, I have both of Cahill’ s books and am interested in one on Scotland.

  2. You should be able to buy it at any bookstore or direct from me at http://www.andywightman.com/shop.htm