The National Trust for Scotland
I HAVE not always been a great supporter of the National Trust for Scotland, especially on its conservation policies and deer management, but I have some sympathy for its attempt to register the names of two of the Highland’s most historical locations as trademarks in order to protect the sites against commercial exploitation which has taken a bit of a hit in the media recently.
These are Glencoe and Glenfinnan. It has to be said that as the trust, which already holds trademarks for The Battle of Bannockburn, the Soldier’s Leap at Killiecrankie and Culloden, has been involved as land owners in Glencoe and at Glenfinnan for more than 70 years, it is not looking for anything unreasonable.
Its publicity machine has done much on the international stage for both communities in a way no one else could. Of course it has benefited but so too have many other local businesses in Glenfinnan and Glencoe who use these names to promote their businesses. And why not?
A trust spokesman said: ‘In recent years, practice in the trademark registries affecting Scotland has changed and it has become apparent to us that other parties, often based outwith Scotland, have registered trademarks over place names for some of the key heritage locations owned by the trust. The alternative is to risk these rights being acquired by commercial organisations with interests that may not align with those of the trust’s nor with the wellbeing of local residents and businesses.’