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The Duke of Fife's Lands.

I The Home correspondent of a contemporary says :—I have before mentioned the frequent Sales during the past year of portions of the Duke of Fyfe 3 estates m the counties of Banff and Aberdeen. His tanants did not at all like being handed over to other landlords, his Grace being an exceptionally good one, and surmise was freely: indulged mas to liis- reasons lor disposihg so largely of his laricted property | Speaking at Banff the other cUy, the jjDuke, gave an explanation which seemed, to satisfy his hearers. He'said tha]B\he had been acting upon a liner of policy which he had long held to be the right one, and had advocated before h# ' came into the possession of the estates — viz., that it was not fori the advantage oi the country, norpf in^r^dual^aitidowners,? that an estate should be so large and so scattered that the proprietor could not take an intelligent and n definite interestin it:! The existence of smaller estates would not only create an element of greater stability iii the country, but would also tend to do away with the idea that once prevailed, that land was the appanage of one class, instead of being, as he maintained that it ought to be, a purcjiaseabio commodity-within,the reach of a||» , lie r^j/Mced.that during the last ten yipSrshe'had created a considerable iiuirioer of landowners, who would necessarily "take a greater personal interest than he could; m the land which they had acquired, and m the district m which they had resided. His Grace's remarks were'received with applause by his audience, and they seem to deserve attention m a country like New 1 Zealand, where the croation of. a landed interest is so rapidly proceeding, and where the formation of very large estates is not unknown.

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The Duke of Fife's Lands., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890

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The Duke of Fife's Lands. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890