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Crofters (Scotland) Act 1955 (repealed 5.1.1994)

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Establishment of Crofters Commission

    1. 1. Constitution and general functions of Crofters Commission.

    2. 2. Particular powers and duties of the Commission.

  3. Crofting Tenure

    1. 3. Definition of “croft” and “crofter”, and conditions of tenure of crofter.

    2. 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 5. Rent.

    4. 6. Record of croft.

    5. 7. Renunciation of tenancy.

    6. 8. Assignation of croft.

    7. 9. Sub-division of croft.

    8. 10. Bequest of croft.

    9. 11. Succession to croft.

    10. 12. Resumption of croft or part of croft by landlord.

    11. 13. Provisions as to removal of crofter.

    12. 14. Compensation for improvements and compensation for deterioration or damage.

  4. Administration of Crofts

    1. 15. Commission to obtain information and to compile register of crofts.

    2. 16. Vacant crofts.

    3. 16A. Provisions supplementary to s. 16(9).

    4. 17. Absentee crofters.

    5. 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. 19—21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    7. 22. Power of Secretary of State to give financial assistance to crofters.

    8. 23. Supplementary provisions as to loans.

  5. Common Grazings

    1. 24. Appointment, etc., of grazings committee or grazings constable.

    2. 25. Powers and duties of grazings committees.

    3. 26. Common grazings regulations.

    4. 26A. Use of common grazings for forestry purposes.

    5. 27. Miscellaneous provisions as to common grazings, as to lands held runrig, and as to use by crofters of peat bogs, etc.

  6. Cottars

    1. 28. Provisions as to cottars.

  7. Miscellaneous and General Provisions

    1. 29. Service of notices.

    2. 30. Provisions as to entry and inspection.

    3. 31. Building grants and loans to owner-occupiers of like economic status as crofters.

    4. 32. Provisions as to compulsory purchase of land and as to management of land.

    5. 33. Provisions as to representations.

    6. 34. Determination of disputes, etc.

    7. 35. Financial provisions.

    8. 36. Regulations.

    9. 37. Interpretation.

    10. 38. Application of Act and modification of enactments in relation to the crofting counties.

    11. 39. Transitional provisions and savings.

    12. 40. Citation and commencement.



      Provisions as to the Crofters Commission

      1. Constitution of the Commission

        1. 1.The Commission shall be a body corporate and shall have...

        2. 2.Every member of the Commission shall hold and vacate office...

        3. 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        4. 4.The Secretary of State shall pay to the members of...

      2. Meetings and Proceedings of the Commission

        1. 5.The quorum of the Commission shall be three or such...

        2. 6.The proceedings of the Commission shall not be invalidated by...

        3. 7.If at any meeting of the Commission the votes are...

        4. 8.The Commission shall refer to one or more of their...

        5. 9.In any application or other proceeding coming before them the...

        6. 10.Subject to the foregoing provisions of this Schedule, the Commission...

      3. Office, Officers and Servants

        1. 11.The Commission shall have an office in the crofting counties...

        2. 12.The Secretary of State may provide the services of such...

      4. Instruments executed or issued by the Commission

        1. 13.The application of the seal of the Commission to any...

        2. 14.Every document purporting to be an instrument issued by the...


      The Statutory Conditions

      1. 1.The crofter shall pay his rent at the terms at...

      2. 2.The crofter shall not, except in accordance with the provisions...

      3. 3.The crofter shall, by himself or his family, with or...

      4. 3A.The crofter shall provide such fixed equipment on his croft...

      5. 4.The crofter shall not, to the prejudice of the interest...

      6. 5.A crofter shall not sublet his croft or any part...

      7. 6.The crofter shall not, except in accordance with the provisions...

      8. 7.The crofter shall not, without the consent in writing of...

      9. 8.The crofter shall not persistently violate any written condition signed...

      10. 9.The crofter shall not do any act whereby he becomes...

      11. 10.The crofter shall permit the landlord or any person authorised...

      12. 11.The crofter shall not on his croft, without the consent...

      13. 12.In this Schedule— the expression “cultivate” includes the use of...


      Provisions as to Security, etc., of Loans

      1. 1.The loan shall be secured by a heritable security over...

      2. 2.The loan shall either be repaid by half-yearly instalments of...

      3. 3.The amount for the time being unpaid may at any...

      4. 4.A certificate by the Secretary of State that the whole...

      5. 5.The Secretary of State shall cause to be prepared and...


      1. . . . . . . . . . ....


      Permanent Improvements

      1. 1.Dwelling-house.

      2. 1A.Improvement works carried out in compliance with a notice of...

      3. 2.Farm offices.

      4. 3.Subsoil and other drains.

      5. 4.Walls and fences.

      6. 5.Deep trenching.

      7. 6.Clearing the ground.

      8. 7.Planting trees other than under section 25(1C) of this Act....

      9. 8.Making piers or landing stages.

      10. 9.Roads practicable for vehicles from the croft to the public...

      11. 10.All other improvements which, in the judgment of the Land...

      12. 11.Buildings or other structures erected under section five of the...


      Application of Enactments to Crofting Counties

      1. Part I

        1. Enactments ceasing to have effect

      2. Part II

        1. Modification of Enactments

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