Baronial courts in Scotland, 1150–1350

Cynthia J. Neville

in Land, Law and People in Medieval Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639588
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653492 | DOI:
Baronial courts in Scotland, 1150–1350

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This chapter explores the early evidence associated with lordly courts in the late twelfth and the thirteenth centuries, both those of the Anglo-Norman and European newcomers, and more particularly, those of the great native dignitaries. It then examines, compares, and contrasts the ways in which native aristocrats adopted and adapted English and European concepts of justice within these courts down to the mid-fourteenth century. It focuses on the ways in which Gaelic lords used the ceremony and ritual associated with the dispensation of justice to perpetuate — and enhance — uniquely native concepts of lordly authority.

Keywords: lordly courts; twelfth century; thirteenth century; native aristocrats; mid-fourteenth century; justice; Gaelic lords

Chapter.  13217 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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