The Stair Society is delighted to announce the arrival of its newest volume.
The Consistorial Decisions of the Commissaries of Edinburgh, 1564 to 1576/7, edited by Thomas M. Green, the Stair Society's 61st volume, has just been published.
In this volume, Dr Green presents decisions of the Commissary Court in Edinburgh concerned with marriage at a time when the Protestant Reformation meant that spiritual jurisdiction over such matters was unclear. Green describes the situation in his Introduction which also includes brief biographies of the first four Commissioners: James Balfour. Edward Henryson, Clement Litill, and Robert Maitland.
Dr Green introduces each of his selected transcribed decisions and puts them into context. Comprehensive notes and indexing identify the individuals involved in the cases making this an invaluable resource for social historians and genealogists as well as legal historians.
Dr Green is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow as the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. The initial work for this volume was undertaken during his doctoral research at Edinburgh between 2006 and 2010. It was funded by a Stair Society doctoral scholarship (2006-2009). The British Academy provided postdoctoral funding to complete the work.
The new volume fulfils the Socity's wish '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' and Dr Green can be congratulated on his achievement.
Members should receive their copies shortly. (Stair Society members receive a copy of each of our volumes published while they are members.) Non-members will soon be able to purchase copies via our publications agent, Avizandum Books.
The Society encourages postgraduate research in legal history. Find out about our latest scheme here: Stair Society Postgraduate Bursary 2014