Join the Stair Society: Scotland’s Legal History Society

We are an educational charity which was founded in 1934 with the express purpose of encouraging the study, and advancing the knowledge, of the history of Scots law. More than eighty years later the Society continues to thrive. We have published over sixty volumes which between them now comprise a significant body of historical material, most of which is not otherwise readily available to practitioners or historians. We are actively looking to expand our membership to help support our ongoing publications programme.

The Society provides a valuable extra dimension to lawyers and law students in Scotland, and those from further afield, who have an interest in the history of Scots law. Importantly, membership provides much needed financial support for our publications programme. We aim to publish a volume every year and material awaiting publication, or in preparation, will ensure that this objective is met on an ongoing basis. Our Miscellany volumes, the seventh of which will be published this autumn, contain shorter papers with a wide range of historical interest. One of our publications, Hope’s Major Practicks, edited by the first Lord Clyde in 1938, was cited by Lord President Gill in April this year in the case of Taylor Clark Leisure plc v The Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs [2015] CSIH 32, in which the standing today of the College of Justice Act 1532, was discussed.

If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Society and supporting our work. Membership entitles you to a complimentary copy of each of our publications as it is issued, the chance of purchasing past volumes, in so far as still in print, at a concessionary price, and free on-line access to the electronic version of all our publications (after three years from hard copy publication) on the HeinOnline database. You will also be entitled to attend our AGM and annual lecture in November. This year’s lecturer will be Lord Sumption, a Justice of the UK Supreme Court and a noted medieval historian, whose topic will be Anglo-Scottish Relations, 1290-1513, and the Beginnings of International Law.

Membership rates are modest - £25 per annum for individuals, £32 for firms and institutions and a concessionary £15 for students and those undertaking professional training and which runs for three years following the conclusion of study or training. Slightly higher rates apply to those resident abroad.

Further details about membership of the Society can be found on our website at from which an application form can be downloaded.