Copy of Stair`s ‘Institutions of the Law of Scotland’, written apparently in or about 1666. Edit




  • Circa 1666. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    viii folios + 288 pages. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    The general arrangement is the same as that of the first printed edition of 1681 (except that Titles 18 and 19 appear in reverse order) but the text in general appears to be rather shorter and is illustrated by references to earlier case-decisions, and the titles are divided into fewer paragraphs. The text is preceded (folio ii verso) by an index (more correctly by a list of Titles and their contents), in the same hand, which has also been responsible for the pagination, and is followed (page 265) by a "forme and process of the Lords of Session", also in the same hand.

    Between folios vii and viii are remains of two leaves, which have been roughly torn out.

  • Bibliography

    Stair. ‘Institutions of the Law of Scotland’, 1st edition (1681).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Bound in a contemporary cover, rebacked in 1934.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Deposited, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates.

  • Custodial History

    At folio i is the name Archibald Colquhoun in a late 17th-century hand (which may possibly be the signature of Archibald Colquhoun, advocate), above which is the signature of the Advocates` Library dated 1824.