Lectures of Professor James Mackintosh (1858-1944)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of lectures on civil law, 1906-1907, and a letter of Mackintosh to R. S. Lindsay, 1913.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Mackintosh was born on 22 February 1858. He was educated at the Grammar School, Old Aberdeen, and he studied at St. Andrews University and at Exeter College, Oxford. He became Professor of Civil Law at Edinburgh University in 1893 and held the Chair until 1938. He had also been Dean of the Faculty of Law at Edinburgh, 1910-1938. His publications include The Roman law of sale (1892), and Roman law in modern practice (1934) one of the Tagore lectures. Professor James Mackintosh died on 3 May 1944.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Lectures acquired November 1975, Accession no. E75.59. Letter purchased January 1986, Accession no. E86.1.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1941-1950. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1952.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes show other references to Mackintosh related material (check the Indexes for more details): letter of Mackintosh to Sir C. J. Pearson, 1905, at Gen. 756, no. 168; and, letter to Charles Sarolea, 1914, in Sar. Coll. 26.


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