The College and Urban Administration

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:
The College and Urban Administration

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This chapter analyses the role of lawyers in the administration of Edinburgh in the eighteenth century and the links between the town council and the judges. The use of lawyers by the town council in litigation, from its own law agents to the employment of counsel learned in the law as assessors, demonstrates the centrality of law in the everyday working administration of an important urban centre. College members were active not only as litigators but as clerks, writers and archivists. They also dealt with London both in terms of assisting to draft private parliamentary bills and also in advising the town council on appeals to the House of Lords.

Keywords: Assessors; Law agents; Lords of session; Town clerks

Chapter.  13833 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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