Scottish Legal History Group 1 October, 2022

The Scottish Legal History Group will meet (in person) on Saturday 1st October in the Mackenzie Building in Old Assembly Close at 172 High Street, Edinburgh. Once again, we are very grateful to the Faculty of Advocates for kindly providing us with the venue for our gathering.   This promises the usual rich and innovative programme.

The outline of the programme is as follows:  

10am – Coffee  

10.30am – Dr John Davies (University of Glasgow) and Professor Alice Taylor (King’s College London), “Regiam Majestatem: The earliest known version” 

11.15am – Dr Alan Borthwick (National Records of Scotland) and Professor Hector MacQueen (University of Edinburgh), “Legal Consciousness in Later Medieval Scotland” 

12noon – AGM 

12.30pm – Break for refreshments 

2.30pm – Dr Leslie Dodd (University of Stirling), “1603 and All That: Thomas Craig and the Union of the Crowns” 

3.15pm – Dr Lorren Eldridge (University of Edinburgh), “Historical Jurisprudence as a Legal Method”  

4pm – Close 


If all those wishing to attend please inform the Secretary, Professor Andrew Simpson, in advance, as the Faculty of Advocates may request a list of those attending the event as it has done in past years, and also because we need an idea of numbers for coffee in the morning. Please either email Professor Simpson at or send him a note of your intention to attend in the post. This year, the conference fee will be £10, or £5 for students, as it was prior to the pandemic. Cheques should be made out to “The Scottish Legal History Group”, and can be posted to the following address:  

Scottish Legal History Group 

c/o Professor Andrew Simpson 

School of Law,  

Old College, 

University of Edinburgh,  

South Bridge,