§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether the Secretary for Scotland has received a petition from the tenants of Invershiel and Morvich-Kintail, parish of Glenshiel, Ross-shire, pointing out that they arc in need of an extension of their holdings; and 1377 whether he will use his influence with the owner of the estate in support of the petitioners' application for land.
*MR. SCOTT DICKSON
The Secretary for Scotland has made inquiries, which have elicited the fact that the Trustees who are the owners of the estate have no land which they are empowered to grant to the tenants mentioned. The said tenants are not, and never were, crofters. They were, at the date of the passing of the Crofters Act, cottars, paying no rent, and the land which they now hold was subsequently granted to them by the estate ex gratia.