The Community of the College of JusticeEdinburgh and the Court of Session, 1687 –1808

The Community of the College of JusticeEdinburgh and the Court of Session, 1687 –1808

John Finlay

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780748645770

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Abstract

This book is an analysis of those who worked in the Court of Session, Scotland's central civil court, during the eighteenth century. It looks at the activities of the highest members of what was the College of Justice, the judges and the advocates, whose arguments and decisions guided the development of Scots law, as well as the macers, clerks, keepers and agents whose roles were vital in allowing the court to deal with its business. The Court of Session had a central place in Edinburgh and its members were drawn from across Scotland. It was the professional milieu of men of the calibre of Lord Kames, Sir David Dalrymple of Hailes and Sir Walter Scott. Despite a turbulent history with a town council jealous of their privileges, College members made a profound contribution to the physical and cultural development of Edinburgh as a city. This is their story.