The Stair Society: Scotland’s Legal History Society

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This page provides links to legal history resources of interest – contact us to suggest additional links. Please note we offer these links for interest and information only and take no responsibility for content.

Aberdeen’s fifteenth-century town council registers illuminate the workings of this Scottish burgh in a way unsurpassed by other Scottish urban records of the era.
The only learned society and publisher devoted entirely to English legal history.
Features a legal history-related blog, a calendar of events, a forum, numerous interviews with legal historians and other figures, a legal history quiz and several pages of resource links.
Viscount Stair’s is one of more than 100 wills and testaments of famous Scots (from commissary and sheriff court registers) available free of charge in digital form and in transcription on the e-commerce genealogy site of the National Archives of Scotland and General Register Office for Scotland.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography contains an article on Viscount Stair by J D Ford. The Dictionary is available in reference libraries and online to subscribers.
The National Records of Scotland is currently digitising the surviving records of ecclesiastical courts (kirk sessions, presbyteries, synods and the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland). These will eventually be made available online. The Scottish Documents website shows samples of the records and gives more information about the project.
A fully searchable database containing the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving act of 1235 to the union of 1707. The culmination of over ten years’ work by researchers from the Scottish Parliament Project based in the School of History at the University of St Andrews, the online edition seeks to make this key historical source freely available to all in a technologically advanced and user-friendly format.
Searchable online version of the classic 13th-century English law text known as Bracton after its supposed author; maintained by Harvard Law School Library.
Abstracts of articles, ordering information and contact details for this London-based publication.
The mission of the W&L Center for Law and History (CLH) is to encourage and support the interdisciplinary study of law in its historical context. It aims to achieve that mission by bringing together scholars from W&L and throughout the world to promote research and teaching in all areas and periods of legal history. The center is focusing its immediate efforts on bringing history into dialogue with geography, particularly in the context of critical, emerging issues.