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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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(p.121) 5 Advocates
The Community of the College of Justice

John Finlay

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers the member of the Faculty of Advocates as a part of the College of Justice. There is focus on the educational and social background of advocates and the process by which they joined the Faculty and made a living at the bar. In particular, career development of advocates like Kenneth Mackenzie of Delvine is considered and criteria developed in order to identify the leading practitioners at the Scots bar in the eighteenth century. The fluctuating size of the practising bar is also discussed and contextualised in terms of the rate of litigation within the Court of Session. Non-practising advocates are also identified as a significant group whose status as members of the Faculty still entitled them to act as sheriffs-depute.

Keywords:   Faculty of Advocates, Legal practice, litigation, patronage, Session Papers, Legal education, Leaders of the bar, Lawyer and client

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