David Sellar was a prominent legal historian who exerted a great influence upon the development of Scottish legal history. He supported interdisciplinary work and brought a modern spirit to the study of Scots law.
Educated at Oxford and Edinburgh, he taught at the University of Edinburgh for three decades before serving as Lord Lyon King of Arms from 2008 to 2014. He was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in the 2014 New Year Honours and was awarded an honorary LLD by the University of Glasgow in 2016.
As an antiquarian and geneologist, he wrote extensively on origins of Scottish families and the Lordship of the Isles. He was an expert in in Scots law, genealogy, clan history, and heraldry. His many legal history contributions include pieces published in the Stair Society's miscellany volumes.
A long-time friend of the Stair Society, Sellar served as Literary Director and more recently as Vice-President. He delivered the Society's Annual Lecture in 1997 on 'Scots Law: Mixed from the Very Beginning? A Tale of Two Receptions' which was later published in the Edinburgh Law Review.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.