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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Robert Andrew Macfie: Fighter for Free Trade and IP Abolition in Victorian Edinburgh -
A Terra Firma Chambers Seminar in association with the University of Edinburgh, Monday, 2 October 2017
Scottish Legal History Group Conference 2017 -
The 37th Annual Conference and AGM of the Scottish Legal History Group will be held in the Reading Room of the Advocates Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh on Saturday, 7 October 2017.

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Annual Lecture 2017

Prof. dr. C. H. (Remco) van Rhee, Professor of European Legal History and Comparative Civil Procedure at Maastricht University, has accepted our invitation to address our 2017 AGM.

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