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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Annual Lecture 2019

The Stair Society's 84th Annual General Meeting will be held in the Mackenzie Building. Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh, on Saturday, 16 November 2019, by courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates. The business part of the meeting will take place from 10:30 to 11:00 am, after which tea and coffee willl be served.

At 11:30 am Professor Jørn Sunde of the University of Bergen, Norway will give the Annual Lecture. HIs topic is 'Birds of a feather flock together? A comparison of the legal order in the Norwegian and Scottish realm in the 13th century'.