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The perambulation of land

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639588.003.0003
The perambulation of land

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This chapter examines the importance of perambulation in medieval Scottish society. It reviews the work of legal historians on the origins of the royal brieve that, as early as the reign of David I, initiated as a matter of routine the act of perambulating the marches of an estate. It evaluates the steadily increasing popularity of the procedure after 1124, the ways in which it was carried out, and the identity both of the litigants who sought to settle disputes with recourse to perambulation and the witness upon whose expertise they depended. It also discusses the act of perambulation within the wider context of the social and cultural history of ‘Anglo-Norman era’ Scotland, and emphasizes the usefulness of treating the process as a lens through which to explore the ways in which the intermingling of Gaelic and European customs shaped the early development of Scottish law.

Keywords: medieval Scottish society; royal brieve; David I; Anglo-Norman era; Scottish law; Scotland; Gaelic; European customs

Chapter.  14297 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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