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Law, Lawyers, and HumanismSelected Essays on the History of Scots Law, Volume 1$
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John W Cairns

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682096

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682096.001.0001

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Natural Law, National Laws, Parliaments, and Multiple Monarchies: 1707 and Beyond

Natural Law, National Laws, Parliaments, and Multiple Monarchies: 1707 and Beyond

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(p.115) 6 Natural Law, National Laws, Parliaments, and Multiple Monarchies: 1707 and Beyond*
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Law, Lawyers, and Humanism
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John W Cairns

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682096.003.0006

This chapter outlines some of the changes in the legal system wrought by the Union. It shows that, prior to 1707, the Scots Parliament had been very active as a legislature, introducing many and significant reforms into Scots law. After the Union, this energetic legislative reforming activity fell away. Indeed, Westminster kept out of Scottish affairs as much as possible, legislating on Scottish affairs, other than revenue, only in response to Scottish lobbying or political crises, such as the Jacobite Rebellions. The chapter locates these developments against the intellectual history of Scots law, paying particular attention to the now rather obscure figure of Sir Francis Grant of Cullen and the way he reveals the typical mentalities of elite and thoughtful Scots lawyers of the period.

Keywords:   Scots law, Scots legal system, Act of Union, legislative reform, parliament, Francis Grant of Cullen

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