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 65 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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Viscount Stair Quatercentenary -
May 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Stair Society’s namesake, James Dalyrmple, Viscount Stair.
WHD (David) Sellar (1941-2019) -
We are greatly saddened to learn of the death of David Sellar on 26 January 2019.

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Annual Lecture 2019

Our 2019 AGM and annual lecture will take place on Saturday, 16 November 2019.

This year's annual Stair Society lecture will given by Professor Jørn Sunde of the University of Bergen, Norway who will speak on 'Birds of a feather flock together? A comparison of the legal order in the Norwegian and Scottish realm in the 13th century'.