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Scottish Water sells part of ancient family Estate Policy Ground in the National Interest

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Scottish Water sells part of ancient family Estate Policy Ground in the National Interest.

 In the year 1058 Queen Margaret established an early Christian church dedicated to the Archangel Saint Michel on a hill “caer” site in Clydesdale and within 200 years the people of our district became “Caer-michels” or “de Carmichael”.

 My family have been established here since 1292 and probably earlier. After the Independence struggle we were rewarded by King Robert The Bruce, through The Good Sir James Douglas for services at Bannockburn with a Barony land grant, and I remain today the 26th Baron of those lands and indeed 30th Chief of the name. Throughout history the Baron kept the king’s peace in the district and looked after the people of the district, including ensuring there was water in their wells and food in winter with fresh meat from his dovecot.Map

 In 1750 The Third Earl of Hyndford was ambassador to Prussia for King George and Great Britain and invested considerable sums in landscaping the Policies at the core of the Barony ancient lands. As can be seen on the attached 18th Century plan this project included Bannockburn “shiltron” roundels and Union Jack ditches and plantations to represent both sides of our Scotland origin and UK present reality. This certainly demonstrates that he was a great diplomat in a debate that is current today.

In 1944 The British Parliament passed The Rural Water Supplies & Sewerage Act, which provided Councils with public funds for improving rural water supplies for schools and community, and in 1957 my Cousin, the 25th Baron, sold “in consideration of the price of One Pound Sterling” various sites including a 121 sq m tank site, within the landscaped Policy boundaries and yards from the westernmost shiltron roundels. The disposition was “in favour of the said The County Council of the County of Lanark and their successors as such authority according to the true intent and meaning of the said Act and to their assignees whomsoever heritably and irredeemably”. There was no provision in either the 1944 Act or the 1957 disposition for redundant sites to be returned to original owners. However it is probable that “the true intent and meaning” of the 1944 Act, in persuading the historic land proprietor to part with a number of sites for a pound, anticipated the sittankes would be restored and returned when no longer required. Throughout my 35 years at Carmichael the tank site known as the Carmichael Crossridge Service Reservoir has been in constant use for farms and houses at Crossridge, Newside and Bowhouse. Indeed until recently water board employees regularly visited my office and even in early 2015 the community thought the tank was still in use and it is clearly still signed as such. The boundary fence is broken and various metal hatches and pipes litter the farm ground outside the site. Clearly no attempt at cleaning up the site ready for sale has been made.

On 25 February Scottish Water as successors to Lanark County Council and West of Scotland Water sold the tank site at SVA Auctions in Edinburgh for £2100 as lot 30. Although I am a client at SVA Auctions, and although Scottish Water are familiar with my office and ownership of the ground that surrounds the tank site, no attempt was made to inform me or anyone in the district of the proposed sale. As can be seen in this picture a small SVA auction sale sign was placed on the site, which is barely visible or readable from the public road, and was not spotted even by neighbours who pass every day, until March 8th. This being the date I first became aware of the sale, although adverts were apparently placed in newspapers as far away as John O Groats around February 17th, no press advert was placed in our local Lanark Gazette or The Glasgow Herald, the newspapers read by most people in our district.

Last year Clan Carmichael celebrated the 700 anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn with some 45 clan members from six different countries returning to their clan lands for Homecoming 2014. The attached pictures were taken with, then First Minister, Alec Salmond at Bannockburn field. The realisation that there would have been no Clan lands at the source of our name without the Barony grant after that battle, was sufficient incentive to bring the descendants of our forefathers home from as far away as New Zealand.SalmondGathering

I had asked Scottish Water to reconsider their sale of this lot before
completion, to the as yet still unknown purchaser, but was advised in a letter dated 23 March by Tom Axford, Head of Legal, that it could not be stopped as a binding contract is in place between Scottish Water and the purchaser.

Since the 1944 Act, watersupplies have been devolved to the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Ministers, and if this sale is truly in the national interest I would be very surprised.  It is an injustice and an affront to our global Clan Carmichael heritage. It is an insult and a demonstration of gross ingratitude for the services provided by successive Carmichael Barons to improve water for our rural community, and is against everything the current SNP government has striven to achieve since gaining power at Holyrood in 2007. It demonstrates a disregard for our heritage landscape and sets an appalling precedent for government supported injustice by ignoring the “true meaning” of the 1944 Act.

Richard Carmichael of Carmichael

25 March 2015

 

Bad week for Carmichael Heritage property

History of Policies of Carmichael.

1) Source of name 1058 church on “Caer” dedicated saint “michael”

2) First recorded use of surname Carmichael by people of the district 1250

3) earliest record of member of Chief’s family here 1292

4) Barony land grant after Bannockburn battle 1350 (includes this site)

5) Cromwell demolishes Carmichael castle 1650 first Carmichael “immigrants” to America

6) Earl of Hyndford rebuilds and creates historic design landscape of ancient Policies 1750 (Union Jack ditches & Bannockburn roundels) (includes this site)

7) 1957 small portion (121 sq m ) of ancient Policy ground on Crossridge sold for less than a £1 under compulsory purchase provision of 1944 Water supply Act for community benefit to build a tank reservoir called the Carmichael Crossridge Water Service reservoir. Tank built with public UK funds through local Council “in the spirit and true meaning” of the 1944 Water Supply Act.

8) 1957 -2015 we host Scottish Water’s local community water supply tank in our field thinking it is still in use today.

8) 2015 Feb 25 Scottish Water secretly sell site at SVA Property Auction to (unknown) highest bidder for £2100 without informing local community or previous owner (ourselves) that the tank is no longer in use. Estate owner (30th Chief) informed of sale 10 days later, date of entry of new owner is forecast as 25 March 2015. It could even be an Armstrong arch enemy ?

9) 1000 years of Carmichael name heritage control of this small hill site comes to an end through an act of local community service desecrated by a ruthless greedy successor to a vital local public utility.

10) Apparently the sale is (possibly) legal as the 1944 Act made no provision for such sites to be returned to original owners when no longer required for community water storage.

If you feel concerned as a “Carmichael” who has had part of their heritage land stolen after a millenium in this way then follow this saga urgently and contribute

@chiefcarm on twitter or email your views to customer.services@scottishwater.co.uk

Reference lot 30 SVA Property Auction sale 25 Feb 2015 “Carmichael Crossridge water service reservoir”

Legal or not its a crime against our clan lands and heritage and an insult against our fine name.

Richard Carmichael of Carmichael – 30th chief

 

Beef Rib Roast

Last orders for Christmas Meats and Clan Gifts now closed.

Delicious Carmichael Estate Farm Meats, including our award winning venison, beef and lamb are available for order on our website. The last day for sending out mail order deliveries for Christmas and New Year, i.e. deliveries between Monday 21st and Tuesday 12th January has now closed. Orders can also be placed via the website for collection at Glasgow Farmers’ market taking place on Wednesday 23rd December until Sunday 20th December. Please telephone 01899308336 for meats with limited availability.

We also have a wide range of Clan Carmichael crested gifts that can be ordered and shipped almost anywhere in the world.

Have a great festive season everyone!

 

Carmichael Estate Farm Meats stall at Edinburgh Farmers Market

Carmichael Estate Beef Promotion – 15% Discount

As a special thank you to our customers we are offering an amazing 15% discount on our award winning Carmichael Estate Beef ordered before the 18th November 2014. All you need to do is enter the PROMO CODE: AUTUMN BEEF at checkout and either collect it from a farmers’ market near you, pick it up from our farm shop or have it delivered direct to your door.

Delicious well hung beef  this autumn. Stock up on prime cuts before the Christmas rush!

PROMO CODE: AUTUMN BEEF

Carmichael Estate Wild Roe Deer Loin wins gold

We are really pleased to announce that Carmichael Estate Wild Roe Deer Loin was awarded 2 gold stars by the prestigious Guild of Fine Food for the Great Taste Awards 2014. We knew the wild roe deer from the Estate was good when hung and butchered to prefect but this has now been certified by the judges of GTA 2014.

Judges described the venison loin as follows:

‘This meat is beautifully tender and juicy. The flavour is nicely gamy and long lasting.’

‘Delivers a very complex gamey flavour which judges like: great depth and length of flavour, wonderful texture for such a lean piece of meat.’

Wild roe deer is available seasonally from Carmichael Estate and it is an important part of our system that we cull them in sensible numbers to allow crops, trees and other wildlife to flourish. If you ever get a chance to try one these steaks they are truly divine! The ultimate venison product.

Venison Sausages top the market!

Dreich it might have been, but John Cooke from Slow Food Edinburgh still managed to persuaded 19 folks to spend some considerable time blind- tasting close to ten sausages at Edinburgh Farmers’ Market on Castle Terrace last weekend. They filled in a sheet recording their first choice, and in most cases, second and third choices too. Some even made specific comments on flavour, texture and so on. Slow Food then collated all the results, giving three marks for a first choice, two for a second, and one for a third choice.

The result?

Well, it must first be said that the competition had both venison bangers (two producers), beef, (one) and the rest plain pork. So, comparing apples with oranges so to speak, the two venisons came out equal top overall. Well done, Carmichael Estate Farm Meats and Seriously Good Venison.

They were followed by the single beef entry from Well-hung & Tender.

The pork sausages then had a top three of Ballencrieff, Reiver and Puddledub.

‘Not sure what this proves, except that the Market has lots of good sausages, and people are prepared to spend time trying them and chatting about it. Even on a rainy, rainy day.’ John Cooke – Slow Food Edinburgh

 

 

Carmichael Estate Farm Meats stall at Edinburgh Farmers Market

Delicious new season Carmichael lamb Now Available!

We now have our delicious Carmichael Texel Lamb available at all of the Farmers’ Markets we attend and in our farm shop on the A73 between Lanark and Biggar.

Our Lamb is delicious at this time of year as it has been grazing only the freshest tastiest clover rich grass at the foot of Tinto Hil. All of our lambs are born, reared and fattened and finished at Carmichael. We also have our own abattoir and butchery here allowing us to maintain total control over animal welfare during the rearing and slaughter process.

If your looking for a delicious ‘single malt’ lamb this summer for the BBQ look no further. Now also available through our online shop on www.carmichael.co.uk

All Self Catering Cottages at Carmichael to have Wifi internet by mid June 2014

Yes the modern world has arrived at Carmichael Estate and by the 15th of June 2014 we should have all 16 cottages wifi enabled for free to use web browsing during your stay.

A few years ago BT told us that there was no way we would ever have broadband in the cottages as we were too far away from the exchange and for many years we ran the Estate office on satelite broadband which was expensive slow and unreliable. We are now really pleased to be able to offer Wifi internet across all cottages although as we at the mercy of the telecommunications powers that be we unfortunately can’t guarantee it will always be available.

Free Wifi for all! We also have free Wifi available in the shop and tearoom from 10am to 5pm each day.