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 65 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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Stair Society Volume 66 Published -
The Laws of Medieval Scotland: Legal compilations from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Edited by Alice Taylor, Stair Society Volume 66 (Edinburgh: Stair Society, 2019), ISBN 9781872517339
Annual General Meeting and Lecture 2019 -
The Stair Society's 84th Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 16 November 2019.

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Annual Lecture 2019

The Stair Society's 84th Annual General Meeting was held in the Mackenzie Building. Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh, on Saturday, 16 November 2019, by courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates.

Professor Jørn Sunde (Bergen) gave our Annual Lecture. His topic was 'Birds of a feather flock together? A comparison of the legal order in the Norwegian and Scottish realm in the 13th century'.

The lecture is now available on our Podcasts page.