Archangel Michael pointed out years ago that land cannot be 'owned' - one can only be an 'Earth Steward'. How will this affect ownership in due course, in post-NESARA times?
The LANDED GENTRYHere is an appropriate article which may help many understand how the land has been divided up, but the 'common people' ("plebs") remain serfs to those who hold this land ..... some may become less dictatorial than others, yet remain "the upper class" and hold titles to emphasize that. In other words they "Lord it over others" ..... Land was originally fought for, and the king (or equivalent ruler/victor) assumed control over all such conquered land. He could then present portions of it to those who were loyal to him and rendered him great service (maybe provided the most 'cannon fodder' for his continued wars). Those who lost out had no regress. One should also appreciate how for instance camel traders became Princes and rulers in the Middle East and elsewhere - by pledging allegiance to 'the Crown" (of England). Now they too are accepted as "royalty" ..... As Archangel Michael pointed out to me years ago "the land cannot be owned, one can only be a steward of the land." In other words, if one has the ability to look after a portion of land, one can appoint oneself its protector, so long as so doing does no-one else harm (a universal law). If you examine deeds for land today you will see that the ultimate (and therefore effective) owner is "the crown". Post-NESARA that will no longer be so, therefore prepare for a fresh outlook on the 'ownership', registration and use of all lands. The 'English institution' is ready for a fall. Milson
Earl of March: A glorious example of the landed classes The Business Interview: Sean O'Grady meets a petrol-blooded aristocrat who has turned his estate into an innovative business The Independent,* Share (in other words - this article can be forwarded to others …..) "Something one's obligated to do, really." There aren't many business folk who take their responsibilities quite as seriously, or express them in such old-fashioned terms of duty, as Charles, Earl of March. It would have been so easy for this entrepreneurial aristocrat to follow the dissolute ways of some of his peer group and, frankly, snort the lot up his nostrils. Not this earl. For that reason, at least, he is an admirable figure; and he has done more than simply stuff some lions or a fun fair on his grounds to raise cash, and views such a prospect with horror - "Lions? It would get me here," he says, pushing an imaginary dagger to his heart. He has turned his "English institution" into a successful business. Having spent the early part of his youth after Eton ("I hated every minute" of it) he trained as photographer and worked with Stanley Kubrick. At 40 though, in line with family tradition, he took over the management of the estate. He points out that "with a lot of these estates, you know, when the patriarch won't go - the old guy goes out in his box, and the son's 70 and got no energy - and it's all over". Thus, since the early 1990s, he has exploited the considerable assets of the Gordon-Lennox family, including their 2,800-acre estate in Goodwood, for his father, the 10th Duke of Richmond, with an almost evangelical sense of mission to defend the family's property from predation, waste and vulgarity. And the recession, which is making its presence felt in the Sussex countryside as much as it is anywhere. The horseracing meet, "Glorious Goodwood", for example, is galloping along nicely, but a little less gloriously than in previous years, financially at least. A drop in corporate bookings helped to push first-day attendance down by 9.4 per cent, though there are still plenty of punters turning up - 13,800, compared with 15,239 on the same day last year. Altogether they'll consume 21,000 bottles of champagne, 7,655 meals, 2,200 punnets of strawberries and 30,000 teas and coffees. It's a pattern that cannot surprise the 54-year-old CEO of Goodwood, as something pretty similar befell the Festival of Speed a few weeks ago, a celebration of all things automotive that pulled in about 150,000 visitors, and an event he himself pioneered from very small beginnings 15 years ago. Britain's "alternative motor show" has survived in a way that the official British International Motor Show has not (due next year, it has had to be cancelled). But it has taken a hit from the drop in corporate hospitality spending. Lord March says: "It was just inevitable, really. It was small to medium sized companies who buy a couple of tables, say, spending around £300 per head on hospitality. The message we were getting just after the Budget and before Christmas, when we were planning, was that people wanted to take a year out and they wanted to come back the following year, because they still love the experience. So we said 'let's be realistic', and we took 20 to 25 per cent of the corporate space out and revised our forecasts." There also seemed to be a sense that companies didn't want to be seen to be indulging themselves while sacking their workers. Some 40 per cent of the public tickets for the festival are sold in the month before it begins, and Lord March nervously watched his sales graph to see if the traditional pattern would be repeated. It was: the sales went "phwarr", he says. "Hospitality doesn't make much money, so for us to make an early decision meant very little on the top line and the total bottom line was about the same as last year," Lord March adds. In economic terms, what the Earl of March has done is to leverage Goodwood's formidable competitive advantages - the things that cannot be replicated elsewhere (except by other landed families, presumably): vast (and beautiful) space and a magnificent stately home. He has also made the most of all the sporting pursuits the family has enjoyed over the years, turning them to commercial, but tasteful, advantage. The old foxhunting "kennels", for example, have been converted into an elegant clubhouse; the 3rd Duke's passion for the gee-gees gave us the first public horse racing meet in 1801 (yielding £6.7m in revenues now); the golf course created for the 7th Duke's children in 1901 has now been revived as a Top 100 course with a scheme to make the game "young and sexy" (you can wear what you like). The motor racing circuit, meanwhile, was founded by his grandfather in 1948. Even if they wanted to, it is difficult to imagine any company, oligarch or Middle Eastern princeling acquiring such an enormous chunk of southern England in 2009, and the heritage is priceless. The fact is that the family was set up in its current splendour in 1675 by Charles II, who wished to make provision (farming rental income) for Charles Lennox, his illegitimate son by a French noblewoman named Louise de Kérouaille. You can't replicate that nowadays. But the agricultural side doesn't bring in enough. "It isn't like you own a few nice squares in W1 and sit back and let the rents roll in. Basically, we needed an extra million quid a year," says this vague look-alike for Hugh Grant. So, being a motor sport enthusiast (he's president of the British Automobile Racing Club), he came up with the idea of motor sport and the Festival of Speed was born in 1993, an old-style hill climb in the grounds and tickets on sale at the local post office. A fatality on the first morning of the very first hill climb almost finished the project before it began. Yet they persevered. In five years revenues had climbed to £3m, and on to £8.3m last year. Added to that must be the proceeds of the eccentric Revival, where everyone gets togged out in 1960s gear, a gig more oriented to families - some £8.8m, up from £2m a decade ago. Throw in golf, the hotel, an aerodrome, and we have a respectably sized business. The Earl employs some 500 staff, from butlers to flying instructors and marketing types, and revenue from the key events came to about £50m last year. Profit? "around 10 per cent Ebitda," he says, adding that he is also pleased that Rolls-Royce leases land to build their cars on his estate. Soon, he says, he will unveil another major event, though he acknowledges he has to be careful that the Goodwood "brand" doesn't grow too complicated to manage. Lord March has rarely lacked guts or, it seems, judgment, except, that is, when he was 17 and took his mum's MG 1100 out for a joy ride round the estate and "stuck it into a tree". He spent four months in hospital. Maybe not such an unusual aristocrat, after all. Driving force: On the road from Eton
30th July, 2009
His full handle is Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara. His previous "courtesy title" was Lord Settrington. He is heir apparent to his father, the 10th Duke of Richmond, 10th Duke of Lennox and 5th Duke of Gordon. He was "hardly educated" at Eton, and left at 16 because they were not interested in supporting his film and photographic ambitions. He took over the running of the estate and started the Festival of Speed in 1993. The Goodwood Revival followed in 1998, launched 50 years to the day after the old circuit opened. This year's, in September, celebrates 50 years of the Mini. The record time for the Festival of Speed hill climb was set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld, who drove a McLaren F1 car up the hill in 41.6 seconds, reaching speeds of 160mph. Goodwood boasts the world's oldest set of written rules for cricket (1727). Major Goodwood sponsors and supporters include Audi, Toyota, Veuve Clicquot, BGC Partners and Cartier. In 2008 Goodwood House catered for 26,000 guests, and washed up 90,000 plates and 90,000 glasses. The Goodwood estate costs about £2m a year to run.
Rare Scots earldom up for grabs The seller refuses to divulge which earldom he is offering,ONCE they had the power of life and death over serfs and the title may still open doors to exclusive establishments. A rare feudal earldom is about to come up for sale in Scotland and it might be the last time. Whoever buys the title will be able to call themselves earl, but they may have to pay £500,000 for the privilege. The title is understood to be one of just six outstanding Scottish feudal earldoms left over from the medieval era. Along with less-prestigious feudal baronies, they are the only titles that can be legally bought or sold rather than inherited. The seller is Dumfriesshire-based entrepreneur Brian Hamilton, dubbed the Raider of the Lost Titles, who last night said he believed the earldom would be the last to go on the open market, such is its rarity. Hamilton refused to say which earldom he will be offering or what it would cost. But the Earldom of Arran recently changed hands for more than £200,000, while the Barony of Macdonald in Skye was reputedly sold for £1 million. Baronies and earldoms were rediscovered - and first traded with land - in the second half of the 20th century. Since 2004, and the abolition of feudalism in Scotland, the titles have been separated from the land. The title is not the same as a peerage earldom, an inherited rank that can earn a seat in the House of Lords. Titleholders can, however, be able to petition the Lord Lyon for a coat of arms.
but one in Skye was reputedly sold for £1 million By David Leask, Scotland On Sunday
1st August 2009
WITH membership fees an astronomical £2 million and annual dues of £500,000, it aims to be the most exclusive "holiday" resort ever built in Scotland. Ambitious plans were unveiled yesterday to transform one of the most remote stretches of Highland Perthshire into a £1.3 billion private playground for the world's super-rich. The Dall Estate, on the shores of Loch Rannoch, is set to become a "mini Monaco" in the heart of the Scottish countryside - a home from home for billionaires, Russian oligarchs, heads of state, the international glitterati and Hollywood and sporting superstars. The developers claim the plan - said to be unprecedented in Scotland in its scale and ambition - will generate nearly £250 million for the economy during the three-year construction phase alone. And they say it will be unrivalled in scale when it comes to the facilities and opulence on offer to the elite clientèle they expect to be attracted to the "world-class luxury development". However, concerns have already been raised by local groups and the John Muir Trust (JMT) about the potential environmental impact of the development, and the fact a large area would no longer be accessible to the public. Echoing some of the concerns raised by the Trump development in the North-east, the JMT said the proposal was "inappropriate development in a special wild place". The bid to transform the Dall Estate, once home to the Rannoch boarding school, is being spearheaded by Malcolm James, a reclusive property developer who lives in its baronial mansion, Dall House, with his wife and six children. According to papers submitted to Perth and Kinross Council, the development would be spread across a 430-hectare site on the southern shore of the loch. The plans include a luxury hotel with 104 rooms, two 18-hole golf courses and clubhouse, a state-of-the-art health spa, a concert hall, a "body-enhancement clinic" with surgery facilities, a retail arcade and a shore-side restaurant based on the design of an ancient crannog. The cost of a night's stay in the hotel, centred on Dall House, would start at £6,000, rising to £14,000 per person for the most luxurious rooms on the shores of the loch. A total of 98 houses, each costing £1m, would be built on the estate - 91 in the grounds and seven on the lochside. Half will be for sale and the rest for rent by members of the resort. Mr James, who bought the estate in 2003 for a reported £1.3m, is understood to be in discussions with a number of the world's leading leisure companies, including corporations based in the Middle East, about backing the scheme. In the planning papers, it is anticipated the facility would be operated by a resort or hotel management company at the top end of the market. They also say it is likely the operator would become a development partner, taking a major equity stake and sharing a substantial element of the development costs. John Handley, a partner with Edinburgh consultant the Development Planning Partnership (DPP), the agent for the developer, said the Dall resort would be without equal in Britain. And he predicted that, despite the recession, there would be no shortage of the world's super-rich queuing up to stake their claim to membership at £2m a time. He told The Scotsman: "It is all relative, but the clientèle we are talking about, while the value of their assets may have been reduced and they are not recession-proof, they are billionaires. They are actively spending and purchasing at the moment. "It is being aimed at the super-rich, as well as celebrities, film stars and famous footballers and the like. We are talking about heads of government and people like that as well." John Lennon, a world-leading expert on tourism development at the Moffat Centre in Glasgow, is in no doubt about the development's potential, even though the Kinloch Rannoch area receives 30 per cent more annual rainfall than Edinburgh. Prof Lennon, in a detailed economic evaluation report prepared for the developer, states: "The development will be of such quality and scale that it will make Scotland an aspirational 'must-see' destination in the same way as the Burj al Arab Hotel has impacted on Dubai. Dall House Estate development is unlike anything previously conceived in Scotland. It is vital for our economy at local and national level that it is located here. "The development is predicated upon targeting the world's highest net worth individuals in an exclusive private club environment that will maintain exclusivity and ensure privacy and security. The minimum liquid asset net worth of individuals will be set at £100m. "This is a unique concept design and planned execution that truly has little comparable precedent elsewhere in the world. This development seeks to brand its exclusive and private status from the outset and requires a level of membership and yearly subscription simply to gain access." He said that facilities would exceed those associated with Scotland's existing luxury resort properties, at Gleneagles and Turnberry, and would be comparable only with exclusive resorts and private members' clubs located internationally. "This is a private members' club that will require levels of service and quality unparalleled in UK hospitality provision. The operating norms for this property, in terms of cost of accommodation and member facilities development, will eclipse resort or hotel operations." Prof Lennon added: "The Dall House development will appeal to an elite because of its unique setting in an area of outstanding natural heritage. It will appeal because of its remoteness, its exclusivity and its secure setting. It will build membership because of the quality and range of contemporary design envisaged and the focus on only the very highest standards of service. "To locate something of such quality in the Highlands of Scotland will have an enormous economic and employment impact, but will help to change how the hospitality and service sector is perceived." The development dwarfs the £1 billion Menie Estate golfing and leisure resort development planned for Aberdeenshire by US tycoon Donald Trump, and the now-abandoned plans to turn historic Taymouth Castle in Perthshire into Scotland's first six-star hotel. According to a supporting planning statement by DPP, the development will contribute more than £24m to the Scottish economy during the three-year construction period, creating 2,200 jobs during the building phase. About 500 staff would be employed in the resort's first year, rising to 850 after two years. One of the "iconic" buildings being planned is "The Broch" - a seven-storey structure to be constructed within the loch itself. It will provide accommodation for two haute cuisine restaurants - one on the upper level and another in an underwater basement zone - and luxury accommodation suites for hotel guests. The developer is initially seeking only outline planning consent from the local authority, and an application is expected to go before the council before the end of the year.
HIGH NUMBERSWhat the well-heeled clientèle can look forward to enjoying:
The total cost of the Dall Estate development
luxury houses to be built, each at a cost of £1 million
luxury hotel suites at the hotel and lochside "Broch" development
championship-style golf courses to be laid out within the estate
The initial membership fee
The cost of the annual fees
The cost per person per night for most suites in the lochside hotel
THE hotel serving the resort will be centred on historic Dall House, once the principal seat of the Clan Robertson. The B-listed baronial mansion house was home to Rannoch School until the boarding establishment closed its doors in 2002. New state-of-the-art extensions, located in wings to the south of Dall House, will increase the number of suites available within the main hotel complex to 94 with nine suites within the castle. The new wings will be built over five levels including sub-terrain areas. Across the estate a total of 98 houses, each costing £1 million, will be built - 91 within the grounds and seven lochside houses. Approximately half the houses will be for sale. A "body enhancement clinic" serviced by leading plastic surgeons. Two championship golf courses with associated club and leisure facilities. The proposed golf courses are to the south of Dall House, on land which is managed by the Forestry Commission and in the ownership of Scottish Ministers. A performance and concert space, aimed at hosting the world's leading artists, exclusive fashion shows and other events. A luxury shopping arcade, stocking the world's most exclusive jewelry, watches, clothing and other items, with 30 or more luxury outlets.
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