Papers of James Henderson, fl 1807-1808, student of the University of Glasgow, Scotland

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Notes taken in the Scots law lectures of Professor Robert Davidson at the University of Glasgow 1807-1808

Marked as volumes II-IV - the location of volume I is unknown. Each volume is indexed at the rear.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Henderson attended the Scots Law classes of Robert Davidson at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, during the 1807-1808 session. He does not appear to have matriculated at, or graduated from, the University.

Robert Davidson was appointed to the Regius Chair of Law in August 1801 at the University of Glasgow. His father, Archibald, was Principal of the University from 1785 until 1903. Robert began by teaching the Institutes, but in 1802 he stated to the faculty that a number of lawyers in Glasgow had represented to him the importance of a course in Scots Law for young men preparing for the legal profession. He suggested that a daily course in Scots Law be given in 1803-1804 in which he would also explain the Pandects, but that a separate course on these would be given in the 1804-1805 session. Scots Law at once became a leading subject with an average of 35 students per session until the end of Davidson's tenure in the Chair in 1842. As well as lecturing, Davidson was also involved in the University's own legal matters and in 1828 the University Senate conferred the honorary degree of LLB to him.

Source: James Coutts, 'A History of the University of Glasgow' (Glasgow, 1909)


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Gift : Professor David Walker : 1967 : ACCN 4172

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