The earldom of Wigtoun– together with the distinctly unglamorous subsidiary title of “lordship and barony of Cumbernauld” – is for sale for offers around £250,000.
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The move to sell the titles – which were once held by the mighty Fleming family – comes as one of Scotland’s few holders of a feudal earldom seeks the right to be known, officially, as an earl.
As The Herald revealed yesterday, Swiss millionaire Willi Sturzenegger has asked the Court of Session to let him use the full dignity of his title of Earl of Arran, which he bought in 1995, also for £250,000.
The Wigtoun earldom has been put on the market by Brian Hamilton, the controversial entrepreneur known as “the raider of lost titles”.
The Cockney businessman, who is based in Dumfriesshire, last night admitted that the Sturzenegger case would have an impact on the value of the new title. Sturzenegger has already been told by Lord Lyon, Scotland’s arbiter of heraldry, that he can’t use the title or the heraldic additaments that go with it on his arms.
The reclusive millionaire, however, has previously been told he can be recognised as a baron. His appeal against Lord Lyon is likely to be heard in November.
“As things stand,” Mr Hamilton explained yesterday, “this earldom will be effectively treated as a barony, unless the current appeal is successful.”
The Earl of Wigtoun was a real Scottish peerage title until 1747. Last year Mr Hamilton sold another earldom, claiming it was the last. Then he admitted there may be more available – but thought he would never get them.