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From this week's Orcadian

      Heritage Society urges locals to preserve Udal law
        Orkney Heritage Society have joined the call for Orkney to retain the powers of land ownership preserved under Udal Law, and in particular the rights of an individual to own the foreshore to low water mark.

      In a letter to The Orcadian, the Heritage Society vice-president, Mr Sandy Firth, explains that Orcadian farmers were granted ownership of the foreshore by Earl Rognvald who sold these Udal or Odal rights in exchange for hard cash to help pay for building St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.

      The Heritage Society letter ends with a call to local people to express their concern at any move to scrap these legal powers which date back over 800 years.