23 September 1998
Foreign ownership benefits Scotland, claims Dutch laird

A DUTCH millionaire who is also Scotlands biggest landowner became the first laird to open his accounts and defend ownership of estates.

Paul van Vlissingen disclosed that his estate, Letterewe, in Wester Ross, one of the biggest sporting estates in Scotland, lost £120,000 last year. He urged other landowners to publicise their accounts in order to show how they were benefiting local communities.

Mr van Vlissingen warned that the debate on land reform could be hijacked by extremists.

  • The Daily Telegraph 23/09/98 page 17
  • The Herald 23/09/98 page 3