Duke hits out at land reform
THE DUKE of Argyll has described the Scottish government’s land reform proposals as ‘terrifying’.
Torquhill Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll, whose family’s seat is Inveraray Castle, told the Financial Times in a recent article that Holyrood’s plan to impose standard rates of inheritance tax has caused uncertainty over the future of his 65,000 acre estate.
At present, the duke - like some of the country’s great landowners - qualifies for the Conditional Exemption Scheme, which means he is excused paying the standard rate of inheritance tax.
The Duke plans to pass his entire estate to his eldest son, maintaining his family’s position as a major landowner.
Proposals to change inheritance rights in Scotland are part of a wider process of land reform, which has led to opposition from some of the country’s wealthiest landowners.
The Land Reform Bill has been published by the Scottish government. The Bill’s proposals - which include a ministerial right to intervene in land activity - have faced criticism from campaign groups for not going far enough to diversify land ownership in Scotland.