The mission of the W&L Center for Law and History (CLH) is to encourage and support the interdisciplinary study of law in its historical context. It aims to achieve that mission by bringing together scholars from W&L and throughout the world to promote research and teaching in all areas and periods of legal history. The center is focusing its immediate efforts on bringing history into dialogue with geography, particularly in the context of critical, emerging issues.
The National Records of Scotland website has much for the legal historian, including guides for researchers using various types of legal documents (such as testaments, sasines, deeds etc) and Scottish court records (including the Court of Session, High Court criminal trials and sheriff courts).
A fully searchable database containing the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving act of 1235 to the union of 1707. The culmination of over ten yearsâ work by researchers from the Scottish Parliament Project based in the School of History at the University of St Andrews, the online edition seeks to make this key historical source freely available to all in a technologically advanced and user-friendly format.
Viscount Stair's is one of more than 100 wills and testaments of famous Scots (from commissary and sheriff court registers) available free of charge in digital form and in transcription on the e-commerce genealogy site of the National Archives of Scotland and General Register Office for Scotland.
The Scottish Archive Network provides a single electronic catalogue to the holdings of more than 50 Scottish archives. the site also includes advice on research, digital images of some record types and a glossary of legal terms.
The National Records of Scotland is currently digitising the surviving records of ecclesiastical courts (kirk sessions, presbyteries, synods and the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland). These will eventually be made available online. The Scottish Documents website shows samples of the records and gives more information about the project.
For many people working on original early modern manuscript sources, this website, run by the National Records of Scotland, gives advice on palaeography and diplomatic and includes some entertaining texts from Scottish court records.
Founded in 1780 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783, the Society’s purpose is 'to investigate both antiquities and natural and civil history in general, with the intention that the talents of mankind should be cultivated and that the study of natural and useful sciences should be promoted'.