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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Annual Lecture

The 2014 Annual Lecture and Annual General Meeting were held in the Faculty of Advocates’ MacKenzie Building in Edinburgh on Saturday 15 November 2014.

The Speaker was Professor Alain Wijffels and his title was 'England and the German Hanse: The Long Endgame (1474-1604)'.

Professor Wijffels's lecture is available on our Podcasts page.

Next year's lecture will be delivered on Saturday 14 November and further details will be published in mid-2015.