Definitions for lairdlɛərd
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word laird
The owner of a Scottish estate; a landlord
a lord; a landholder, esp. one who holds land directly of the crown
Origin: [See Lord.]
A Laird is a member of the Scottish gentry, who bears the designation Laird of X, where X is the place name. In the non-peerage table of precedence, a Laird ranks below a Baron and above an Esquire. The Lord Lyon, who exercises Her Majesty's prerogative in respect of determining succession to titles and dignities in Scotland, has recently produced the following guidance: Historically, the term bonnet laird was applied to rural, petty landowners, as they wore a bonnet like the non-landowning classes. Bonnet lairds filled a position in society below lairds and above husbandsmen, similar to the yeomen of England.
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