Letters and papers chiefly on the administration and reform of the Scottish law-courts. Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Level of Description


  • 1785-1809. (Creation)


  • 223 Leaves (Whole)



  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby's, 23 February 1927, lot 748.

  • Arrangement

    223 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents include:

    Papers, 1785-1786, concerning reform of the Court of Session;

    Memorandum, 1786, on the office of Lord Chancellor of Scotland;

    Proposed duties on law proceedings in order to increase judges` salaries, 1792;

    Proposed bill, [?1802], for trying contested elections;

    Observations, 1803, upon appeal business in Scotland, by Ilay Campbell, Lord President;

    Copy of a letter signed by Ilay Campbell, Charles Hope, Lord Justice Clerk, and James Montgomery, Lord Advocate, to Lord Hawkesbury on reform of the Court of Session, 1805;

    Correspondence, etc., 1807-1808, relating to the Scotch Judicature Bill;

    Observations, 1807, on the proposed bill relating to the commission of teinds in Scotland;

    Return, 1809, addressed by the Principal Clerks of the Court of Session to the commissioners appointed to inquire into the administration of justice in Scotland, signed by Walter Scott and others.