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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Legal Papers of James Boswell: New Stair Society Volume Published -
We are delighted to announce the publication of our 63rd Volume, the second volume of The Legal Papers of James Boswell edited and annotated by Boswell expert Hugh M. Milne.
Call for Papers for the 2017 British Legal History Conference -
The Call for Papers for the 2017 British Legal History Conference has just been announced. The theme of the conference is 'Networks and Connections'. The conference will be held at University College London, 5-8 July 2017.

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Annual Lecture 2016

The Stair Society's AGM and Annual Lecture for 2016 will be on Saturday 19 November in the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh, by courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates.

The Annual Lecture will be delivered by John W. Cairns, Professor of Civil Law in the University of Edinburgh, formerly Professor of Legal History there and the Society’s Chairman of Council from 1999 to 2015.

Further information about the arrangements for the day will be posted in late September.