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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Stair Society Volume 66 Published -
The Laws of Medieval Scotland: Legal compilations from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Edited by Alice Taylor, Stair Society Volume 66 (Edinburgh: Stair Society, 2019), ISBN 9781872517339

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Annual Lecture 2020

Lord Stewart will speak on 'Sir Walter Scott - Law and Imagination' for 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 will look at four documents relating to Scott’s legal career and discuss connections with Scott’s literary output, focusing on the novels Redgauntlet, The Bride of Lammermoor, Anne of Geierstein, and Rob Roy.

Details will follow about how this lecture will be delivered this year.