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 67 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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Annual Report and AGM Minutes 2019-2020 -
Members will find the Stair Society's Annual Report for 2019/20 and Minutes for the 2019 AGM in the Members, section of the website.
Stair Society Volume 67 Published -
The Stair Society is pleased to announce the publication of its 67th Volume: Miscellany VIII, by Various Authors.

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Annual Lecture 2020

Lord Stewart, Sir Walter Scott - Law and Imagination' is the Stair Society's 2020 Annual Lecture.

In advance of next year’s 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, this illustrated lecture looks at four documents relating to Scott’s legal career and discusses connections with Scott’s literary output, focusing on the novels Redgauntlet, The Bride of Lammermoor, Anne of Geierstein, and Rob Roy.

Lord Stewart's lecture is available via YouTube.