Category Archives: Legal History

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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Race, Slavery, and Reparations

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of its interest in questions of history, race, slavery, and discrimination. Your blogger is very pleased to see that one of his former pupils, Eric J. Miler, has recently gained considerable attention … Continue reading

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Water and Waterways Management in the Roman Empire

The Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, with the support of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are holding an important interdisciplinary Conference on the management of water and waterways in the Roman Empire. With speakers form Europe and North America this conference promises … Continue reading

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There is a Scottish Parliament and Scotland’s shared values.

In recent months, your blogger has been thinking about the use of “shall” in legislation. It is an interesting question, one with rather greater implications than might at first be thought. But the following post has been provoked by conversation … Continue reading

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Hector MacQueen: C.B.E.

The Blog is delighted to report that Her Majesty has honoured Professor Hector L MacQueen of this University with the award of the rank of Commander of the British Empire for services to legal scholarship. Professor MacQueen is one of … Continue reading

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The Matter of Slavery

On Friday 26 April the second workshop under the title “The Matter of Slavery in Scotland” organised by the University of Edinburgh and the National Museums of Scotland, took place at New College, the University of Edinburgh.

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