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To What Extent was the foundation of the College of Justice in 1532 a watershed in the history of Scots Law and of the Scottish legal profession?

Ewan J. Innes, MA(Hons Scot. Hist.) FSA Scot


Synopsis:  This essay describes the foundation of the College of Justice and the impact it had on Scots Law and the Scottish legal profession.

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The following abbreviations have been used in the notes, they follow the guidelines laid down in the "List of Abbreviated Titles of the Printed Sources of Scottish History to 1560" SHR XLII (1963).

ADC i Acta Dominorum Concilii in Civil Causes, 1478-1495, ed. T Thomson (Edinburgh 1839)
ADC ii Acta Dominorum Concilii in Civil Causes, 1496-1501, ed. Neilson & Paton (Edinburgh 1918)
ADCP Acts of the Lords of Council in Public Affairs 1501-1554: Selections from the Acta Dominorum Concilii, ed. R.K. Hannay (Edinburgh 1932)
APS The Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland, eds T. Thomson and C. Innes (Edinburgh 1814-75)
Balfour, Practicks Balfour's Practicks, Stair Society Vols. III and IV
Chron. Bower Walter Bower, Scotichronicon, ed.. D.E.R. Watt (Aberdeen 1987-)
Dunlop, Bishop Kennedy Dunlop A.I. The Life and Times of James Kennedy, Bishop of St. Andrews (Edinburgh 1950)
Donaldson, James V Donaldson G. Scotland- James V-James VII (Edinburgh 1990)
Hannay, College of Justice Hannay R.K. The College of Justice Stair Society Supplementary Volume I (1990)
MacMillan, Scots Judiciary MacMillan A. The Evolution of the Scottish Judiciary (Edinburgh 1941)
MacQueen SS Misc. II MacQueen H. "Jurisdiction in Heritage and the Lords of Council and Session after 1532" Stair Society Miscellany II
Nicholson, Middle Ages Nicholson R. Scotland- The Later Middle Ages (Edinburgh 1989)
RMS Registrum Magni Sigilli Regum Scotorum, Vol. II, ed. J. Balfour Paul (Edinburgh 1984)
Scot. Legal Hist. An Introduction to Scottish Legal History (Stair Soc. 1958)
SHR Scottish Historical Review (1903-28, 1947-)
Sources and Literature Sources and Literature of Scots Law. Stair Society Vol. I.
SS Stair Society

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