Scottish Text Society McIntosh Lecture, 5 Nov 2018

Scottish Text Society: 4th Angus McIntosh Lecture
6.00pm, Monday 5 November, 2018, Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh


Penny Fielding, Grierson Professor of English Literature, University of Edinburgh

'Evidence that Might Assist in a Further Research': Testimony, Law and the Fate of Phillip Standsfield


This lecture begins from the 1688 Scottish trial of Philip Standsfield for murdering his father. The case became a cause célèbre, written about and analysed by literary writers including Scott and Hogg, and legal experts including Pitcairn, for the next 150 years. It raised questions of witness and evidence, and of the shift from the 'medieval' and supernatural to 'modern' legal practice. Professor Fielding is the leader of the University of Edinburgh's annual 'Spy Week', and became interested in the case as a background to her work on espionage and the law.

All are welcome to this free public lecture. Please register your interest on Eventbrite:

The McIntosh lecture commemorates the immense contribution of Professor Angus McIntosh to Scottish literary and linguistic studies.