The Speeches and Judgement of the Right Honourable The Lords and Council and Session in Scotland, Upon The Important Cause, His Grace George-James Duke of Hamilton and others, Pursuers; Against Archibald Douglas, Esq; Defender. Accurately taken down and published by William Anderson Writer in Edinburgh.

  • (Scots Law)
  • Edinburgh: Printed by Balfour, Auld, and Smellie, for J. Balfour 1768
  • ESTC T131822.


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8vo, pp. vi, [ii], 620. Untrimmed in modern half burgundy leather, marbled boards, black leather label. First and last leaves somewhat toned and soiled, a little scattered soiling, corners creased.


A selection of speeches from the great Scottish legal drama of the 1760, the Douglas Cause, a struggle of succession to the vastly lucrative Douglas estates. The trial lasted 21 days and covered details of an unlikely pregnancy, a deathbed conversion and rewriting of entails, and purported kidnapping of the child of a French rope dancer. This volume prints many speeches from the trial by Edinburgh luminaries including Lords Kames, Auchinleck and Monboddo.

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