The Stair Society was founded in 1934 to encourage the study and advance the knowledge of the history of Scots Law by the publication of original documents and by the reprinting and editing of works of sufficient rarity or importance.

The Society, a registered charity, has produced over 60 volumes, aiming to publish a volume each year (although this is not guaranteed). Some of these are of antiquarian interest, while others are of wider intellectual and historical significance.

Membership is open to all with an interest in the history of Scots law, in the UK or abroad. Our members include practising lawyers, legal academics, law students, and a wide range of academic and professional institutions, libraries and law firms.

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Stair Society Annual Lecture 2015 -
This year’s lecture will be delivered by the Right Hon Lord Sumption, a noted medieval historian as well as a Justice of the UK Supreme Court.
Stair Society Bursary 2015 -
The Stair Society offers an annual bursary of £3000 to a postgraduate student in the fourth year of completing a PhD. Apply by 1 October 2015.

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Annual Lecture

The Stair Society's AGM and Annual Lecture for 2015 will be held on Saturday, 14 November 2015 in the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh, by courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates.

This year’s lecturer will be Lord Sumption, a Justice of the UK Supreme Court and a noted medieval historian, whose topic will be 'Anglo-Scottish Relations, 1290 - 1513, and the Beginnings of International Law'.

The AGM will commence at 10.30 am and the lecture, which members of the public are welcome to attend, at 11.30. Further information about the arrangements may be obtained from the Society’s Secretary at