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

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748645770

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645770.001.0001

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The College and the Urban Community

The College and the Urban Community

(p.33) 2 The College and the Urban Community
The Community of the College of Justice

John Finlay

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the links between the members of the College of Justice and the town of Edinburgh. The status of lawyers is discussed as is their civic connections, relationship to the built environment and their activities at parish level and within intellectual societies. Lawyers connected to the College were engaged in the development of Edinburgh's New Town; they invested their capital in landed property and used their legal skills in conveyancing and litigation to allow building work to progress. In the Old Town, pew rentals and other records allow a picture of legal Edinburgh to be created. The intellectual engagement of College members is more difficult to assess, but they certainly participated in the development of leading learned societies.

Keywords:   Edinburgh town council, Church of Scotland, Intellectual societies, Advocates

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