Jocks Road History
Scottish Right of Way
John Winter

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Jock's Road, Braemar, Aberdeenshire

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What is the Scottish Rights of Way
To become a right of way, a route has to meet certain legal conditions; in particular, it must have been used by the general public for at least 20 years and must link two public places (usually public roads). Rights of way vary from long hill routes (often historical drove or kirk roads) to local routes used for walking the dog or as short cuts to shops, schools and other local amenities.  You will find the official website for the Scottish Rights of way here at the Scotsways website

Duncan Macpherson, a rich Scot, returned from his stay in Australia in the late 19th century to buy the Glen Doll Estate and immediately put a ban on people traversing his land, upsetting many folks such as shepherds for example. A certain John Winter (thus the name Jock) defied his ban, resulting in the Scottish Right of Way Society setting up right of way signs on the estate and after many a court battle, going all the way to the House of Lords, MacPherson eventually lost his battle in 1888, leaving both him and the Right of Way people bankrupt. Now when you walk across any Scottish Walk, thank the Scottish Rights of Way Act for helping you fulfil a dream


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