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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AAM Duncan -
We have learned of the death on 20 December of AAM (Archie) Duncan, a giant of Scottish medieval studies for over 60 years.
Annual Lecture Podcast -
Professor CH (Remco) van Rhee accepted our invitation to address our 82nd Annual Meeting on 18 November 2017. He also kindly agreed to his lecture being recorded as a podcast. The podcast is now available from our Podcasts page.

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Annual Lecture 2017

Prof dr CH (Remco) van Rhee, Professor of European Legal History and Comparative Civil Procedure at Maastricht University, accepted our invitation to address our 2017 AGM. He spoke on 'Who is in control? Historical perspectives on the role of the judge and the parties in civil litigation'.

The AGM and lecture took place on Saturday, 18 November 2017.