In my forthcoming book, The Poor had no Lawyers, I tell the story of the unlawful alienation of the Hill of Alyth commonty. I will shortly be preparing a full legal analysis of the case. In short, land was sold by people who did not own it and the new Land Register (which states that Scottish Ministers own the commonty) reveals a conflict between the land registration process and the laws of prescription on the one hand and the laws governing the division of commonties on the other. Excellent coverage of the latest situation in the Courier here and here. This story will run and run. And there are more example of this kind of land theft which I will be revealing details of in the next month. One of the conclusions in my book is that we need a Land Restitution Act to recover stolen commons.