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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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Writers to the Signet

Writers to the Signet

(p.157) 6 Writers to the Signet
The Community of the College of Justice

John Finlay

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates the role of writers to the signet as College members. It distinguishes members of the Society of Writers to the Signet from ordinary writers, and examines the process of education and training for new writers to the signet. The key element of apprenticeship, hat this meant and how it was regulated, is discussed. The role of the working WS is examined. This includes not only consideration of the range of business in which they engaged but also discussion of their position as Scotland's main conveyancers and their role in conducting financial matters on behalf of clients.

Keywords:   Writers to the signet, WS Society, Apprentices, Legal education, Writers, Law agents

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