Correspondence relating to the Scots Law Society College

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of circa 28 letters to the Secretary of the Scots Law Society, William Lindsay, and A. Thomson Jnr.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1819 the Presidents of the Scots Law Society were Messrs. James Robertson, Robert Ellis, and David Houston. The Secretary was James Knox. Into the mid-nineteenth century, William Lindsay of Bernard Street, Leith, and a little later on A. Thomson Jnr., held the post of Secretary. The Scots Law Society was also sometimes referred to as the Scots Law Society College. The Society published Law cases and speculative questions for the discussion of the Scots Law Society. This was printed by Oliver and Boyd, High Street, Edinburgh. Some of the issues speculated over in March 1827 were: Would it be expedient to introduce the practice of the Coroner's Inquests to this country? Is their a standard of Taste? Is Duelling in any circumstances justifiable? Can Machinery ever be so extensively employed as to become prejudicial to a country? and Is there a moral sense?

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Material acquired from the National Library of Scotland, November 1997, Accession no. E97.59.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained within the collection.

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 Special Collections Division holds Law cases and speculative questions for the discussion of the Scots Law Society. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. These cover the period 1818-1827. The shelfmark is CR.9.4.32/2/17.


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