Legal Practice in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

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This book is the first monograph to analyse the workings of Scotland’s legal profession in its early modern European context. It is a comprehensive survey of lawyers working in the local and central courts; investigating how they interacted with their clients and with each other, the legal principles governing ethical practice, and how they fulfilled a social role through providing free services to the poor and also services to town councils and other corporations. Based heavily on a wide range of archival sources, and reflecting the contemporary importance of local societies of lawyers, John Finlay offers a groundbreaking yet accessible study of the eighteenth-century legal profession which adds a new dimension to our knowledge of Enlightenment Scotland.
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Biographical Note

John Finlay, Ph.D. (1998), is Professor of Scots Law at the University of Glasgow. He has published monographs and many articles on the history of Scotland’s legal profession, including The Community of the College of Justice (Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

Review Quotes

"Based heavily on a wide range of archival sources, and reflecting the contemporary importance of local societies of lawyers, John Finlay offers a groundbreaking yet accessible study of the eighteenth-century legal profession which adds a new dimension to our knowledge of Enlightenment Scotland." – Yann-Arzel Durelle-Marc, Université Paris 13, in: Nomôdos, 4 July 2015

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ... vii
List of Illustrations ... viii
Abbreviations ... ix
Glossary ... xi

1 Introduction ... 1
2 Lawyers and Legal Practice ... 31
3 Income ... 70
4 Management ... 110
5 Ethics and Etiquette ... 153
6 Pro Bono ... 186
7 Societies ... 225
8 Solidarity ... 260
9 Burghs ... 287
10 Procurators Fiscal ... 319
11 Notaries ... 360
12 Conclusion ... 390

Appendix ... 413
Select Bibliography ... 417
Name Index ... 427
Subject Index ... 438

Readership

All interested in comparative legal history and the history of the legal profession, and anyone interested in eighteenth-century Scottish studies.

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