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Solicitors to Scotland

Seduction, Sedition and Subterfuge in the Lost History of a Law Firm

by Ewan McCall


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SKU: 9781839830259 Category:
ISBN: 9781839830259
Published: 02 Jun 2022
Format: Hardback
Extent: 208
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

Three huge iron chests lay locked in the office of a law firm, their ancient mechanisms jealously guarding secrets of Scotland’s past. No one had seen inside the chests for over a century or knew what they contained. When the bolts were finally opened, the artefacts contained in these chests revealed more than anyone had expected. 

From early monasteries to the digital age, from Robert the Bruce to Adam Smith, from Jacobite search warrants to twins switched at birth, the lost material from these archives has enabled us to reconstruct the lives and times of some of the most romantic, bizarre, heroic and villainous characters to brush shoulders with the law. Their stories reveal very human expressions of the inner conflicts of Empire, Enlightenment, industrialisation and democratisation.

No profession is better placed than the law to track the trials and tribulations of social change, nor is any so closely involved with the outcome of disputes in which people grapple with their own loyalties, sensibilities and sexualities. Pivoting between popes, plots, prime ministers and prime suspects, this kaleidoscopic tour of Scotland’s past may change our perception of the present.

The Author

Ewan McCall

Ewan McCall is a writer and campaigner specialising in the Scottish Enlightenment and the East India Company. He started writing Solicitors to Scotland after accidentally stumbling across eighteenth-century ledgers while helping to clear office space at Anderson Strathern. Since then, he has served as British Young Ambassador to Europe and works in advocating anti-poverty initiatives.