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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 Urban Administration

The College and Urban Administration

(p.62) 3 The College and Urban Administration
The Community of the College of Justice

John Finlay

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyses the role of lawyers in the administration of Edinburgh in the eighteenth century and the links between the town council and the judges. The use of lawyers by the town council in litigation, from its own law agents to the employment of counsel learned in the law as assessors, demonstrates the centrality of law in the everyday working administration of an important urban centre. College members were active not only as litigators but as clerks, writers and archivists. They also dealt with London both in terms of assisting to draft private parliamentary bills and also in advising the town council on appeals to the House of Lords.

Keywords:   Assessors, Law agents, Lords of session, Town clerks

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