New Stair Society Volume Published: Alexander King’s Treatise on Maritime Law

Professor J. D. Ford (Aberdeen and the Stair Society's Vice-Chairman) has transcribed and translated the six surviving manuscript copies of Alexander King's Treatise on Maritime Law. He also offers a comprehensive introduction to King's life, times, and relationships which places his treatise in the context needed to understand it fully.

Unlike William Welwood's better known Sea-Law of Scotland, King's work was never printed. Because its only copies are in Latin - and in early modern handwriting - it has been neglected. However, it is an important resource for tracing the mercantile and maritime law in early modern Scotland. King was a judge with experience in the admiralty court and wrote his treatise based on his observations.

King's original draft has been lost but six copies from the late seventeenth century survive and Ford has used these to re-create King's text.

This volume provides the full text of King's treatise in Latin and a translation into English. Ford's Commentary explores the sources King used to create his account of Scots maritime law.

Stair Society members will receive their copies soon.

Published volume available from Avizandum Law Bookshop

One of the benefits of Stair Society Membership is that Members receive a copy of each of our volumes published while they are members. Since our inception in 1934, the Society has published more than sixty-five handsomely produced hardback volumes and it is our aim to publish at least one volume each year. Some of these are of antiquarian interest, while others are of wider intellectual significance. Others still are useful to practising lawyers.

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