Forty-Third Annual Conference

The 43rd Annual Conference and AGM of the Scottish Legal History Group will be held in the Reading Room of the Advocates Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh, on Saturday 14 October 2023. Once again, we are very grateful to the Faculty of Advocates for kindly providing us with the venue for our gathering.

The conference fee is £10, and for students £5. Cheques should be made out to “The Scottish Legal History Group”, and can be posted to the following address:

Scottish Legal History Group
c/o Professor Andrew Simpson
School of Law,
Taylor Building,
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UB

The Secretary would be grateful if all those wishing to attend could let him know in advance.

The outline of the programme is as follows:

10.00 am


10.30 am

Professor Joanna Kopaczyk (Glasgow)

Burgh laws in transmission from manuscript to print: A philological perspective

11.15 am

Dr Alastair Mann (Stirling)

The rise and fall of the executive branch: the Scottish Privy Council from the Revolution to 1708

12.00 noon

Mr Brandon Clydesdale (Edinburgh)

‘To unite philosophy and history with jurisprudence’: a sketch on the contribution by the advocate Sir John Dalrymple to the Science of Legislation of the Scottish Enlightenment

12.45 pm

Break for refreshments

2.30 pm


2.50 pm

Dr Alice Krzanich (Aberdeen)

Historical Master-Servant Law in Scotland: An Example of Status to Contract?

3.35 pm

Professor Ewen Cameron (Edinburgh)

The Scottish Universities and the British State since 1889

4.20 pm