This is a trademark Highland Titles ploy.
When the Bevis family see a website they do not like (i.e. which is critical of their activities), they buy an almost identical domain and create a cloned website – only the new website is positive to the Bevis family’s schemes.
Obviously, these websites are intended to be confused with their original counterparts faketitles.com and scots-titles.com.
At a cursory glance the sites look the same; faketitled.com bears the image of the 7th Earl of Bradford and scotstitles.com has copied the header image and all text up until July 2011 directly from scots-titles.com. Layout, headlines, menus and much of the front page are also identical.
However, upon closer scrutiny the sites are far from similar. Whereas the originals are highly critical of souvenir plot schemes in general and Highland Titles in particular (“All you have to do is to buy a square foot of land in Scotland, and you will be considered a Laird; what a ridiculous concept, by that token most of the population of Scotland are Lairds.”), the clone sites sing a different tune: “All you have to do is to buy a square foot of land in Scotland, and you will be able to consider yourself a Laird. Whilst a very genuine offer (of a courtesy title) By by that token most of the farmers of Scotland are Lairds of their own pieces of land and many of them are quite properly known locally by that title.”
And thus it continues. Please also note how Highland Titles and Lochaber Highland Estates are being distinguished from the other vendors as having something the others do not have: the “Green Hue”.
On a more unpleasant note, the fake faketitled.com goes very far in defaming their critic John Alexander Duncan’s character, as well as “his witless sons” (!), using expressions like “a fantasist, more to be pitied than despised”, “not the sharpest knife in the drawer” and “This man should carry a wealth warning, as almost everybody that has dealt with him has left poorer for the experience.”
The other website, Scotstitles.com, instead of targeting souvenir plot sales and Highland Titles as the original website does, also attacks John Alexander Duncan (no surprises there then!). His image is prominently displayed on the front page with a ‘Stop Fake Chief Scam’ warning written across it. On the duplicate ‘Fake Lords / Barons list’ the Bevis family’s own customer Kim Moffat’s title has been altered from Lord of Lochaber to Lord of Sketraw (‘of Sketraw’ is John Alexander Duncan’s territorial designation). Moreover, the 7th Earl of Bradford appear on the ‘Fake Lords/Barons List’ too, and as for the co-editor of (the real) scots-titles.com, Robert Cunninghame Graham, he is quoted as saying:
“There are some organisations out there, mainly based in Scotland, that honour our heritage and our ancient feudal history with a practice that makes the honour of bearing a Scottish title available to all. This is the practice of buying Scottish estates and then selling off small plots, sometimes as little as one square foot. These are frequently, though not exclusively, organisations of a charitable nature with a Mission of conservation. Naturally the purchaser is then entitled to call themselves Laird, Lord or Lady.”
Anyone who has read the real scots-titles.com knows that this is as far from Mr Graham’s views as may possibly be imagined.
The rationale behind this cloning and stealing of copyrighted material seems to be that at least some unsuspecting visitors will confuse faketitled.com and scotstitles.com with the originals and hence believe that Highland Titles are above board. Well, we know better, don’t we?
PS: In case you are wondering if Highland Titles / Glencoe Estates are really behind these website clones, read the cloned sites carefully and consider the evidence. All information pertaining to Highland Titles has been changed to paint them in a positive light and all their sharpest critics have been ridiculed.
Oh, and if you needed further evidence, please note how they refer to their cloned websites as being their severest critics on their own landing website here: “Two sites in particular are responsible for these accusations thrown at Highland Titles; http://www.faketitled.com and http://www.ScotsTitles.com. Fake Titled is simply making note of the fact that only the Queen and that the courtesy titles that Highland Titles are NOT Noble titles.” (Laura Bevis refers to this landing page on their official forum here (under her alias Susan764).)
You might also want to read on about how Highland Titles find the Internet to be ‘a cruel, bitter and petty place (…) full of strange creatures known as Trolls’. Indeed!