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.

Latest news

WHD (David) Sellar (1941-2019) -
We are greatly saddened to learn of the death of David Sellar on 26 January 2019.
Alan Watson Memorial Lectures -
John W Cairns, Professor of Civil Law at the University of Edinburgh, will present a series of lectures on 'Slavery and the Law in 18th-century Scotland' throughout February 2019 in memory of Professor Alan Watson.

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Annual Lecture 2018

Our 2018 AGM and annual lecture took place on Saturday, 17 November 2018.

This year's annual Stair Society lecture was given by our Vice-President, Professor Hector MacQueen who spoke on 'The Kings of Scots v The Earls of Douglas 1406-1455: a Game of Thrones?.