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The College and the Urban Community

John Finlay

in The Community of the College of Justice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748645770
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676545 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645770.003.0002
The College and the Urban Community

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This chapter explores the links between the members of the College of Justice and the town of Edinburgh. The status of lawyers is discussed as is their civic connections, relationship to the built environment and their activities at parish level and within intellectual societies. Lawyers connected to the College were engaged in the development of Edinburgh's New Town; they invested their capital in landed property and used their legal skills in conveyancing and litigation to allow building work to progress. In the Old Town, pew rentals and other records allow a picture of legal Edinburgh to be created. The intellectual engagement of College members is more difficult to assess, but they certainly participated in the development of leading learned societies.

Keywords: Edinburgh town council; Church of Scotland; Intellectual societies; Advocates

Chapter.  13193 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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