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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Call for Papers: British Legal History Conference 2019 -
University of St Andrews, 10-13 July 2019 Abstracts are invited for the 2019 British Legal History Conference taking place at the University of St Andrews, on the theme of comparative legal history.
Private law’s revolutionaries: authors, codifiers and merchants? -
Selden Society (Queensland) 2018 lecture series, presented by Professor Hector MacQueen.

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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.