The Community of the College of Justice

Edinburgh and the Court of Session, 1687-1808
Finlay, John
Date published: 
August 2014

18th-century Edinburgh owed much to the men who worked in the Court of Session as members of the unique institution known as the College of Justice. James Boswell, Lord Kames, Henry Dundas and Walter Scott are just some of those who emerged from the College to influence Scotland’s place in Europe. The Court of Session records, recently uncovered by John Finlay, show a cross-section of Scottish society experiencing Edinburgh’s legal processes in the 18th century. Find out about the role that College members played in the cultural and economic flowering of Enlightenment Scotland, and discover the lasting influence of the Court on the Scottish cultural landscape.