The Community of the College of Justice: Edinburgh and the Court of Session, 1687-1808

The Community of the College of Justice: Edinburgh and the Court of Session, 1687-1808

by John Finlay


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The first institutional history of Scotland's 18th-century civil court and its legal community

This study investigates the important role of Scotland's College of Justice members in the cultural and economic flowering of Scotland as a whole, and Edinburgh in particular, and argues that a single Law institution had a marked influence on the Scottish cultural landscape to the present day. The Court of Session records, uncovered by John Finlay, show a cross-section of Scottish society experiencing Edinburgh's legal processes in the 18th century.

18th-century Edinburgh owed much to the men who worked in the Court of Session as members of the unique institution known as the College of Justice. James Boswell, Lord Kames, Henry Dundas and Walter Scott are just some of those who emerged from the College to influence Scotland's place in Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748694679
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Finlay is Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, University of Glasgow. He is author of: Men of Law in Pre-Reformation Scotland (Tuckwell Press, 2000), contributor to The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland, volume 1 (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming) and author of 'Women and legal representation in early sixteenth-century Scotland' in Women in Scotland 1100—1750 (Tuckwell Press, 1999). He has published numerous papers on Scottish legal history in journals such as the Scottish Historical Review, Edinburgh Law Review and the Juridical Review.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and references

1. Introduction

2. The College and the Urban Community

3. The College and Urban Administration

4. The Lords of Session

5. Advocates

6. Writers to the Signet

7. The Working Chambers of the College

8. Subordinate and Minor Office-holders in the College

9. Conclusion

Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3


Index of subjects
Index of persons
Index of judicial titles

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