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CFP: Courts and their records in Scotland, from the earliest times to the present day

Submission deadline: August 20, 2017

Conference date(s):
November 10, 2017

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Conference Venue:

Scottish Records Association
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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This one day conference will explore the subject of court records in Scotland. We welcome proposals for twenty – minute papers focused on courts, their processes of recording and record production, and legal records in Scotland. Papers can cover any aspect of the topic on any period, although we are seeking broad overall chronological coverage combined with a close focus on the records themselves in individual papers: what survives, where and when does it survive from, the processes behind record keeping and how these factors affect research today.

Proposals from scholars at any stage in their career addressing the following themes are especially welcome:

  • The central civil and criminal courts – the Session, the Justiciary Court, Justice Ayres
  • Local courts – burgh courts, sheriff courts
  • Military Courts, the Admiralty and police courts
  • Ecclesiastical courts (pre and post Reformation) and other religious courts
  • Legal Registers – deeds, testaments,  sasines, and the land registry
  • Heraldic courts
  • Large-scale projects (completed, ongoing, planned) related to the digitisation or editing of court and legal records

Please send abstracts of 200-400 words, with a brief biography and (if applicable) current institutional affiliation and status to sraconference2017@gmail.com by Sunday 20th August 2017.

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