Meet the newest members of Leeds’s landed gentry.
Lord Terence Knapton of Glencoe and Lady Helen Joan Garrand of Glencoe are celebrating their new titles.
The pair, full-time community campaigners in Bramley, now have their own ‘estate’- and they have changed their names by deed poll to reflect their noble new personas.
The couple acquired their titles after Lord Terence, 54, bought a piece of Scottish land – just one-square foot in size – online. He then bought his 45-year-old partner an early Valentine’s Day gift – a piece of land giving her the right to be called Lady.
The pair say their real aim is to promote Bramley more, and do their bit for woodland conservation.
“We feel privileged to be called Lord and Lady even though we can see the funny side of it,” Lady Helen said. “We are still Helen and Terry at heart, although the title certainly turns heads.
“However at the end of the day you are who you are, with or without a title. Everyone is a Lord and Lady in their own way, no one needs a title to do good. But it will hopefully raise the profile of our community projects”.
Lord Terence and Lady Helen are the chief organisers of the annual Bramley Carnival, are involved in Bramley in Bloom and run a community radio station for Bramley called West Leeds Radio. They were also instrumental in the first Bramley Christmas lights last year, and have founded a local music festival.
Asked if they would like to be known as the Lord and Lady of Bramley, Lady Helen said it “would be good”, but she added: “There are a lot of other people within Bramley who also do good work.”
And Lord Terence joked: “You never know, I might take up clay pigeon shooting or polo!”
Ancient laws in Scotland entitle any landowner to have the right to be known as Lord (‘laird’) or Lady.
Lord Terence bought one square foot on the Glencoe Wood Estate.
Legally-registered Lordship and Ladyship titles in England were created in the medieval system following the Norman conquest. Each title lasts 999 years and there are no other costs, taxes or liabilities.
People who own titles can use them on personal stationery, restaurant and ticket reservations, etc, just like other titles.