Lectures of Professor Sir John Rankine (1846-1922)

Scope and Content

The material is composed of lectures on Scots Law at Edinburgh University, 1905-1906.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Rankine was born in Sorn, Ayrshire, in 1846. He was educated in Sorn and at Edinburgh Academy, and then he studied at Edinburgh University graduating in 1865. He then studied at the University of Heidelberg. Rankine was called to the Scottish Bar in 1869 and in 1888 was appointed to the Chair of Scots Law at Edinburgh University. His publications include The law of landownership in Scotland, The law of leases in Scotland, and The law of personal bar in Scotland. He retired in 1922. Professor Sir John Rankine died in 1922.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Material acquired November 1975, from Dr. M. L. G. Gardiner, Department of Biochemistry, Edinburgh University, Accession no. E75.59.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Rice, D. Talbot (comp.). The university portraits. pp.179-180. Edinburgh: The University Press, 1957.

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 UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: notes on Scots law in the Waverley novels, National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, Ref. MS 133.