Archive for the 'Named Estates' Category


Named Estates

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has, for many years, denied the full extent of raptor persecution in Scotland. Each time there is a new incident, it is attributed to an “irresponsible minority”. The most vocal on the issue is the SGA Chairman, Alex Hogg. Hogg is on record, repeatedly suggesting that the extent of raptor persecution events is exaggerated and that gamekeepers are being accused unfairly. Here is an example:

Raptor persecution is strongly linked to gamekeeping activities.

However, as you will see from our blog pages, raptor persecution is indeed widespread, and gamekeepers are, according to RSPB figures, responsible for a large proportion of the crimes where convictions have been secured.

On this page (scroll down) we will keep an updated list of those shooting estates where alleged raptor persecution events, wildlife crime incidents, and/or other alleged associated criminal activities (e.g. firearms offences, snaring offences, poisoned bait found) or police investigations have been recorded in the public domain,  and/or estates that employ gamekeepers who have a conviction for work-related offences.  All this information is already in the public domain but is not often found in one location, hence our collation here. The government and RSPB used to name the estates in their annual incident reports, but no longer do so. We believe it is in the public’s interest that this information is published, especially if lethal poisoned baits are being left out on the hill for unsuspecting walkers, dogs and children to find. It should be noted that alleged offences on these named estates, or by employees of  these named estates, happened as far back as 1979 and since then estate ownership (and thus management practices) may have changed. To put this in perspective, the year of the alleged offence and/or conviction is provided in brackets after the name of each estate. This also provides a pretty clear indication of how long raptor persecution has been taking place across Scotland without any apparent deterrent. In the interests of balance, we also record where there has been a reported change of ownership since the alleged offence and/or conviction.

To be clear, the inclusion of an estate’s name on this list does not indicate that a conviction for wildlife crime has been made on that estate or by a gamekeeper employed by that estate, just that an alleged raptor persecution incident/wildlife crime incident/and/or other alleged associated criminal activity (e.g. poison offences, firearms offences, illegal snaring) has been recorded, or a dead bird has been found in suspicious circumstances. In time, we will identify those with an actual conviction for criminal activity with an asterisk. The reader can draw their own conclusions about those with no asterisk.                                     

Aberader Estate: Strathnairn, Inverness-shire (1993)

*Addinston Farm: Carfrae, Scottish Borders (2006)

Airlie Estate: Angus (2011)

Alvie Estate: nr Kincraig, Inverness-shire (1980)

*Ardtalla Estate: Isle of Islay (1989)

Ardveich Farm: Lochearnhead, Perthshire (1992)

*Aswanley Estate: Huntly, Aberdeenshire (2011)

Atholl Estate: Perthshire (various 1981-1999)

*Auch Estate: Bridge of Orchy, Argyll (2010; 2012)

Balavil Estate: nr Kingussie, Inverness-shire (1992)

*Balmanno Estate: Perthshire (2003)

*Balmoral Estate: Aberdeenshire (2009)

*Barns Estate:  nr Kirkton Manor, Peebleshire (2004)

 *Blakehope Estate: Scottish Borders (2006)

Blindswell Farm: Perthshire (1993)

*Blythe Farm: Lauder, Scottish Borders (2007)

*Breconside Farm: Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway (2009)

Buccleuch Estate: Dumfries & Galloway (2012)

Burnside Estate: Forfar, Tayside (1999)

*Cabrach Estate: Nairn, Inverness-shire (1998; 2000; 2006)

Carbeth Estate: Stirlingshire (1989) – [Reported to have since changed ownership]

Careston Estate: Brechin, Perthshire (1992)

Carruth Estate: Strathclyde (1993)

Cawdor Estate: Nairn, Invernesshire (1988; 1992; 1993; 1994; 1996; 1999; 2000; 2001)

Clova Estate: Huntly, Aberdeenshire (2006)

Coignafearn Estate: Inverness-shire (1983; 1988) – [Reported to have since changed ownership]

Corrybrough Estate: Tomatin, Inverness (1998)

*Craigmill Estate: Morayshire (2001)

Cromlix Estate: nr Dunblane, Stirlingshire (1990)

*Culter Allers Farm: nr Biggar, Lanarkshire (1990; 2008; 2009)

Dalmigavie Estate: Inverness-shire (1979)

Dalswinton Estate: Dumfries, Dumfries-shire (1992)

Dawyck Estate: Peebles-shire (2007)

*Dinnet & Kinord Estate: nr Ballater, Aberdeenshire (2003; 2006)

Dochfour Estate: Inverness-shire (1992)

Dougarie Estate: Isle of Arran (1991)

Drumochter Estate: Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire (1989)

Dunachton Estate: by Loch Insh, Inverness-shire (1990; 1992) – [Reported to have since changed ownership]

Dunecht Estate: Dunecht, Aberdeenshire (2007)

Edradynate Estate: Strathtay, Perthshire (14 separate incidents since 1998; 2010; 2011)

*Fairnington Estate: Kelso, Scottish Borders (2003)

*Farleyer Estate: Aberfeldy, Perthshire (1989; 1990; 1993; 1995; 1996)

Farr & Kyllachy Estate: Tomatin, Inverness-shire (1991; 2005; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011)

*Findrack Estate: Aberdeenshire (2005)

*Frogden Farm: Kelso, Scottish Borders (2006)

Fyvie Estate: Aberdeenshire (1989)

*Glasserton Estate: Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway (2012)

Gledfield Estate: nr Ardgay, Sutherland (1993)

Glenalmond Estate: Perthshire (1998; 1999)

Glenbeich Farm: Lochearnhead, Perthshire (1992)

Glenberg Estate: Speyside (1993)

*Glenbuchat Estate (North): Strathdon, Aberdeenshire (2006; 2011)

Glenfeshie Estate: Cairngorms (2006) – [Reported to have since changed ownership]

*Glenfiddich Estate: Nr Dufftown, Speyside (1998)

Glenfernate Estate: Blairgowrie, Perthshire (1990)

Glenlochy Moor Estate: Speyside (2008; 2011)

*Glen Lyon Estate: Perthshire (2012)

Glenogil Estate: Angus (2006; 2008; 2009; 2010)

 Glenturret Estate: nr Crieff, Perthshire (2007)

 Grimerston Estate: Isle of Lewis, Western Isles (1990)

*Haddo Estate: Aberdeenshire (1989)

Hatton Castle Estate: Turriff, Aberdeenshire (2002)

*Haystoun Estate: Peebles-shire (2003)

*Hopetoun Estate: Lanarkshire (also called Leadhills Estate) (1990; 2003; 2004; 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2013)

*Innes House Estate: Elgin, Moray (2007)

*Invercauld Estate: nr Braemar, Aberdeenshire (1992; 1997; 2005; 2007; 2011)

Invermark Estate: Angus (2013)

Invereshie Estate: Kincraig, Inverness-shire (1979)

Inverinate Estate: Kyle of Lochalsh (2010)

Islay Estate: Strathclyde (1989) – [Reported to have since changed ownership]

*Jardine Hall Estate: nr Lockerbie, Dumfries-shire (2012)

Kelburn Estate: Largs (1991)

*Kindrochet Fish Farm: Perthshire (1986)

*Kirkhill Farm: Dalton, Dumfries & Galloway (2009)

 Langholm Estate: Dumfries & Galloway (1989)

Lawesknow Farm: Beattock, Dumfries & Galloway (2008)

*Leadhills Estate: Lanarkshire (also called Hopetoun Estate) (1990; 2003; 2004; 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2013)

Ledmore Estate: Lairg, Sutherland (1990)

*Lindertis Estate: Kirriemuir, Angus (2012)

Loansfold Farm: Perthshire (1993)

Lochindorb Estate: Morayshire (2010; 2011)

Logie Estate: Morayshire (2010)

Lothian Estate: nr Jedburgh, Scottish Borders (1993) – [Reported to have since changed ownership]

Marchmont Estate: Duns, Scottish Borders (2008)

Millden Estate: Angus (2009; 2012)

Monzie Estate: Crieff, Perthshire (1989)

Morvich Estate: Rogart, Sutherland (1999; 2012)

Mountquhanie Estate: Fife (2011)

*Moy Estate: nr Tomatin, Inverness-shire (2010; 2011)

Over Cardney Estate: Dunkeld, Perthshire (1994)

*Oxnam Estate: Jedburgh, Scottish Borders (2005)

Pitroddie Farm: Perthshire (2000)

Raeshaw Estate: nr Heriot, Peebles-shire (2004; 2009)

Ralia Estate: by Newtonmore, Inverness-shire (1993)

*Redmyre Estate: Abernyte, Perthshire (2009)

Rosehaugh Estate: Black Isle, Ross-shire (1991)

Roxburghe Estate: nr Kelso, Scottish Borders (1989)

Scone Estates: Perthshire (2006)

Seafield Estate: Speyside (1991; 2010)

*Skibo Estate: Sutherland (2010; 2011)

Sluie Estate: nr Banchory, Deeside (2008)

South Balkeith Farm: Tain, Ross-shire (1993)

*South Uist Estates Ltd: Askernish, South Uist, Outer Hebrides (1989)

*Stanhope Estate: Peebles-shire (1996)

Straloch Farm: Blairgowrie, Perthshire (1992)

*Tillyrie Farm: Milnathort,Perthshire (2001)

Turnalt Farm:  Kilmelford, Argyll (2002)

*Wemyss & March Estates Ltd: Peebles-shire (2004) – [Reported to have since changed ownership]

Woodall Estate: Calderbank, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire (1993)


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