The Stair Society was founded in 1934 to encourage the study and advance the knowledge of the history of Scots Law by the publication of original documents and by the reprinting and editing of works of sufficient rarity or importance.

The Society, a registered charity, has produced over 60 volumes, aiming to publish a volume each year (although this is not guaranteed). Some of these are of antiquarian interest, while others are of wider intellectual and historical significance.

Membership is open to all with an interest in the history of Scots law, in the UK or abroad. Our members include practising lawyers, legal academics, law students, and a wide range of academic and professional institutions, libraries and law firms.

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Scottish Legal History Group - 6 October 2018 -
The 38th Annual Conference and AGM of the Scottish Legal History Group will be held on 6 October 2018 in the Reading Room of the Advocates’ Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh.
Irish Legal History Society Double Book Launch -
The Irish Legal History Society is delighted to announce the official launch of two recent publications: Juries in Ireland: Laypersons and Law in the Long Nineteenth Century (Four Courts Press, 2017) by Dr Niamh Howlin and Guardian of the Treaty: The Privy Council Appeal and Irish Sovereignty (Four Courts Press, 2016) by Dr Thomas Mohr

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Annual Lecture 2018

Our 2018 AGM and annual lecture will take place on Saturday, 17 November 2018.

This year's annual Stair Society lecture will be given by our Vice-President, Professor Hector MacQueen.