Forthcoming Legal History Events in Edinburgh

Readers of the Blog may be interested in the two forthcoming events.

The first is a Seminar on Thursday 25th October by Dr Emma Macleod of the University of Stirling on the subject of ‘How to Do a Treason Trial: Professor John Bruce and the Investigation of Precedent in the English and Scottish State Trials, 1793-1794’. The seminar will take place in seminar room 5, Chrystal Macmillan Building, starting at 5:15pm.

The second is the 4th Angus McIntosh Lecture of the Scottish Text Society to be given at
6.00pm, Monday 5 November, 2018, Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, when Professor Penny Fielding, Grierson Professor of English Literature, will lecture on “‘Evidence that Might Assist in a Further Research’: Testimony, Law and the Fate of Phillip Standsfield”.

This lecture starts from the 1688 Scottish trial of Philip Standsfield for murdering his father. The case became a cause célèbre, written about and analysed by literary writers including Scott and Hogg, and legal experts including Pitcairn, for the next 150 years. It raised questions of witness and evidence, and of the shift from the “medieval” and supernatural to “modern” legal practice. Professor Fielding is the leader of the University of Edinburgh’s annual “Spy Week”, and became interested in the case as a background to her work on espionage and the law.

All are welcome to this free public lecture. Please register your interest on Eventbrite: