Author Archives: John Cairns

David Armitage: George III and the Law of Nations

The second Berriedale Keith Lecture was delivered in Edinburgh on 5th December, 2019. The lecturer was Professor David Armitage of the History Department at Harvard https://scholar.harvard.edu/armitage/home. Professor Armitage talked on “George III and the Law of Nations” https://www.law.ed.ac.uk/news-events/events/george-iii-and-law-nations-david-armitage. The lecture … Continue reading

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Research Students’ Graduation, Centre for Legal History 23 November, 2019

On 23 November, at the winter graduation ceremony in law at the University of Edinburgh, four research students in legal history took their degrees. In alphabetical order they were: Peter Candy, currently Sir John Baker Lecturer and Research Fellow at … Continue reading

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Session Papers: University of Virginia

Your blogger has been involved in a variety of projects relating to the Session Papers, one of the most important historical sources on Scots law and Scottish history (politics, economic, social). None of these projects has come to fruition through … Continue reading

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Legal Education and the Legal Profession

For most of his academic career, your blogger has been interested in both the legal profession and legal education. The topics are of course closely linked. Two recently published books are worth drawing to the attention of the readers of … Continue reading

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The de la Vergne Volume and the Civil Law – A Celebration

A crucial document in understanding the history of the law in Louisiana after the cession to the United States is known as the de la Vergne Volume or manuscript. Your blogger has discussed it, first in his PhD thesis, and … Continue reading

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Legal Dress In Scotland

One fascinating historical study is that of the dress of lawyers and judges. In general in all the European countries lawyers have historically worn some type of robe to demonstrate their status and judges have worn robes specific to their … Continue reading

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Armada chests and legal documents: Anderson Strathern

Most law firms have antecedents back through the centuries. In recent years, there have been many amalgamations, and law firms can end up holding interesting caches of documents that once belonged to clients, or that they acquired in the course … Continue reading

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15 August, Birthday of Napoleon and Sir Walter Scott: Codes and Europe

Napoleon is one of the most interesting and important figures in the history of Europe; Sir Walter Scott was one of the most important and influential European novelists of the first half of the nineteenth century. They were both born … Continue reading

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The French Viceroy

France is of course a republic; but it still has at least one vice-roi! The river Bidassoa, in the Basque country, divides Spain from its northern neighbour. In the middle of the river is the île des Faisans, though there … Continue reading

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Latin Revival

It perhaps may be no great surprise to readers of this blog that your blogger’s favourite school subjects were History, Latin, and English. In all, he had seven years of Latin, and regrets that he has lost the facility and … Continue reading

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