Scottish Law Students in Leuven

The recent Blog entry advertising a post to study leading to a doctorate in the Catholic Univeristy of Leuven reminds us that a number of distinguished Scots studied law there before the Reformation rather than, for various reasons, the generally preferred French universities, especially Orléans. Two may be worth mentioning. Clement Little, whose library was the foundation of that of this University matriculated there, probably as a law student, under the name and designation Clemens Parvus Scotus in July 1546. William Elphinstone, father of Bishop William Elphinstone, studied at Leuven not long after the University's foundation, matriculating in 1431, and his notes of lectures he attended on Roman law are preserved in the library of his son's foundation, the University of Aberdeen: Aberdeen MSS 195-197.