Since the Riddells, the Estate has been held by a series of landlords, and on one occasion by a large company, Standard Life. In 1948 the Estate was broken up and many of the townships sold to private landlords – these included Kilchoan, Ormsaigbeg, Ormsaigmore, Grigadale, Kilmory, Achnaha, the Swordles, Ockle, and Ardslignish – and also some small parcels of land were sold.
The most important change in crofting was the Crofters Holdings (Scotland) Act of 1886. It created legal definitions of crofting and the crofter, granted security of land tenure to crofters, controlled rents, and produced the first Crofters Commission, a land court which ruled on disputes between landlords and crofters.
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