Lords of Scotland: a developing legacy
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In the last few years, the world has watched a royal wedding and the birth of a new prince in England. But as that was taking place, some royalty was being ignored right on this campus. We have two Lords of Scotland in our midst. It is our deepest pleasure to introduce to you Lord Jake Elliot of Glencoe Woods and Lord Brady Hutchings of Glencoe Woods. They did not marry ladies or obtain their right through battle or bloodline — they became Lords on the Internet. Although not Arthurian, their stories are sincere. Let us start from the beginning:
Once upon a time, third-year Jake Elliott’s ancestors were Scottish cattle thieves. He was not very invested in his family clan when he visited Scotland in fourth grade, but when he turned 15, Elliott watched “Braveheart.”
“[The movie] pumped me up to get invested in my Scottish heritage,” he said. Elliott grew to love his homeland, and although it never became an obsession, it was a fascinating inspiration. His family supported him through gifts, and listened to a Celtic CD around their house. Elliott now owns much memorabilia from Scotland, including a family crest on his keychain. It states, “Fortiter et recte,” which means “boldly and rightly.” For Christmas 2010, his sisters bought him a land plot through Highland Titles.“It was the best Christmas present I had ever received,” said Elliott.
A reforestation project begun in 2007 by Dr. Peter and Laura Bevis, people are invited to purchase souvenir plots of land from their family estate and legally and officially receive a title in the process. Plots come in sizes of one, 10, 100 or 1,000 square feet of land and range from £30–500. Lords and Ladies are allowed to visit the land if they wish. “My one responsibility is to not build upon that land. And I have kept that responsibility with extreme faith,” said Elliott.
Let us now to turn to Lord Brady Hutchings. His story begins with a stay in Elliott’s room at a Westmont Student Preview Day during his junior year of high school. When he noticed Elliott’s Deed of Land on the wall, Hutchings was very impressed. “He definitely played a role in my desire to become a Lord of Scotland. I am proud to share this heritage with him.” Having loved Scotland since a family vacation a few years prior, Hutchings returned home to Dana Point, Calif., enthusiastic about the newly discovered website. His friends surprised him with the title for his birthday last year.
Hutchings, although Greek, loves the title and honor of being a Scottish Lord, and is waiting until he gets a frame to hang his Deed on his wall at Westmont. He has a plaid tie from Scotland for formal and intercultural events and he is brought to tears when watching “Braveheart.” The only small dogs Hutchings loves and tolerates are Scottish terriers.
Elliott and Hutchings may not have enough land on their Deeds to cast orders (they each own one square foot), but they do have some Scottish pride. Next time you see them on campus, say hello. And you may want to bow.
Want to join in on the fun? Visit http://www.highlandtitles.com