Author Archives: John Cairns

Law’s Picture Books (2017)

Your blogger recently mentioned the paintings in what was once the consistory court room in Dunkeld Cathedral. Such matter is very important for legal historians, as the material relics and material culture of the law an be very informative. For … Continue reading

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Peter Chiene Lecture, 2017

The Peter Chiene Lecture, 2017, will be delivered by Professor Michel Morin, Université de Montréal, on 3 November, 2017. The title will be: “The Survival and Vitality of The Civil Law Tradition in Quebec, 1760-2017” It will be held in … Continue reading

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Louis V de la Vergne (1938-2017)

Some years ago this blog had an entry on the de la Vergne manuscript or volume, with photographs of it and Louis V de la Vergne, its possessor. Mr de la Vergne has recently died. He was a man who … Continue reading

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Granville Sharp & Slavery — New Book

All British historians of slavery in the eighteenth century are familiar with the campaigning work of Granville Sharp. A civil servant, Sharp devoted much time, energy, and money to opposing slavery and promoting its abolition. he was one of the … Continue reading

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Alexander Mylne’s First Courtroom

Alexander Mylne, Abbot of Cambuskenneth (ca.1470-1548), is best known as the first President of the Court of Session, being appointed as President of the College of Justice, newly founded in 1532. Mylne was a learned churchman, who wrote a history … Continue reading

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Wolfgang Ernst, LL.D. honoris causa, Edinburgh, July 2017

On 6th July 2017, the University of Edinburgh awarded the degree of LL.D. honoris causa to Professor Wolfgang Ernst, Regius Professor of Civil Law in the University of Oxford. The Laureation address was given by Professor John W. Cairns, Professor … Continue reading

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Conference: Directions in Legal History and Roman Law

On 6 July 2017, the University of Edinburgh awarded the degree of LL.D. honoris causa to Wolfgang Ernst, Regius Professor of Civil Law in the University of Oxford. At the same ceremony two Ph.D. students in legal history graduated with … Continue reading

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Monastery and Book of Deer

Scottish legal historians who have an interest in the Middle Ages are all familiar with the importance of the Book of Deer. The Book of Deer is an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels (though not in their entirety, now held … Continue reading

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Professor Norma Dawson: Legal Historian, C.B.E.

 (photo QUB) The Blog is delighted to note that the distinguished legal historian, Professor Norma Dawson, of Queen’s University Belfast, has been honoured by Her Majesty with appointment as C.B.E. in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Professor Dawson’s services … Continue reading

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Paris: histoire, droit, et lois

For the legal historian, walking around central Paris is always of interest. For example, close to where your blogger had his flat in the Marais, is an elegant house on which there is a plaque stating that Raymond (or Roumain) … Continue reading

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