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Scots Law


Much of Scots law is based on the writings of eminent scholars of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These include:

  • Thomas Craig’s Jus Feudale of 1601 is a brilliant and reverent exposition of the feudal law of Scotland, that influenced the whole civilised world of the time.
  • James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount Stair, produced Institutions of the Law of Scotland in 1681.
    This was a systematic and logical presentation of the principles of Scots law.
  • Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh produced his Institutions of the Law of Scotland in 1684.
  • Lord Bankton produced "An Institute of the Laws of Scotland" in 1751-3.
  • John Erskine of Carnock produced "An Institute of the Law of Scotland" in 1773.
As one would expect these writers often comment on the nature of a barony - and their writings can be cited in court.