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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New Stair Society Volume Published: Alexander King’s Treatise on Maritime Law -
Stair Society Volume 65, Edited and translated, with an Introduction and Commentary by J. D. Ford
AGM and Annual Lecture: 17 November 2018 -
The 83rd Annual General Meeting of the Stair Society will be held in the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh on Saturday 17 November 2018.

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Annual Lecture 2018

Our 2018 AGM and annual lecture will take place on Saturday, 17 November 2018.

This year's annual Stair Society lecture will be given by our Vice-President, Professor Hector MacQueen who will speak on 'The Kings of Scots v The Earls of Douglas 1406-1455: a Game of Thrones?.