Stair Society Volume 66 Published

The Stair Society is pleased to announce the publication of its 66th Volume. Edited by Dr Alice Taylor, The Laws of Medieval Scotland: Legal compilations from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, brings together collections of Scotland’s ‘auld lawes’ in an important new edition featuring both the original Latin texts and translations of them.

From the Introduction:

‘This edition…aims to provide authoritative editions of some of the earliest legal compiliations to have survived from Scotland: Leges Scocie, Capitula Assesarum et Statutorum Domini Dauid Regis Scocie, and the so-called “Ayr Miscellany”. These are joined by two other compilations attributed to the kings of the central Middle Ages: the Leges Willelmi Regis, purporting to the the “laws of King Willliam” (1165-1214), and the Statuta Regis Alexandri, the “laws of King Alexander” (Alexander II, 1214-49), as well as chapters which make up the (in context) famous text known as Leges inter Brettos et Scotos.’ (p. 3)

Dr Taylor also describes and comments on each of the twenty-one manuscripts of the ‘auld laws’ held in archives  ranging from Scotland to Madrid in a comprehensive catalogue. Each codex’s basic material includes an introduction to the manuscript and its relevance to the edition, languages, date or approxiamate date, physical description, provenance, a bibliography referencing works related to the manuscript, contents, and notable points.

The volume is, in addition to fulfilling the Stair Society’s key objective of encouraging the study and advancing 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, an output of the AHRC –funded project, ‘The Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249-1424: history, law and charters in a recreated kingdom.’

Copies of this exciting and ground-breaking new work have been sent to Stair Society members. Others may contact Avizandum books to acquire a copy (£45).


Dr Alice Taylor

The Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249-1424

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The Ayr Manuscript

The Berne Manuscript

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