Scottish Legal History Vol 1 1000-1707

Scottish Legal History Vol 1 1000-1707
Scottish Legal History Vol 1 1000-1707
Simpson, ARC
Edinburgh University Press

The first textbook on Scottish legal history from the genesis of Scots law to the Union, written from a legal perspective

From the roots of a law that applied to all subjects of the Scottish King to the 1707 Union with England, this new legal history textbook explores the genesis, evolution and enduring influence of early Scots law. Discover how and why Scots law come into being, how was it used in dispute resolution during the medieval and early modern periods and how its authority developed over the centuries.

  • The chapters have been road-tested with legal history students in the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen
  • The textbook has been developed with input from legal history lecturers at a number of Scottish universities
  • Complex legal history is presented through examples and anecdotes, to help students to engage with and understand the material
  • Material is divided into easily digestable chunks, arranged from the perspective of legal history (rather than political, social or economic history)



    Part I: The Origins of the Scottish Common Law to c.1230
    1. From Legal Diversity to Some Legal Commonality

    Part II: The Consolidation of the Common Law, c.1230–ca.1450
    2. The Brieves (Part One)
    3. The Brieves (Part Two)
    4. 'Crimes'
    5. Law and Order in the Highlands and Islands

    Part III: The Transformation of the Scottish Common Law, c.1450–c.1580
    6. The Jurisdiction of the Session
    7. Legal Learning and Legal Authority in the College of Justice
    8. Reformation, Revolution and the Legal System
    9. The Learned Authority of Scots Law
    10. Legal Learning and the Power of Parliament

    Part IV: Regal Union with England, c.1580–1707
    11. Authority and Government in the Scottish Reign of James VI
    12. Authority and Government after 1603
    13. Interregnum or Republic in the 1650s
    14. Legal Literature
    15. Legal Authority and the Learned Laws
    16. Legal Authority of Scottish Sources
    17. Advocates in the Court of Session and Inferior Jurisdictions in Aberdeen
    18. Advocates, Witches and Judicial Torture
    19. Revolution and Union


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