The early career of Thomas Craig, advocate

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Finlay, J. (2004)
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    9 J W Cairns, “Craig, Cujas, and the definition of feudum: is a feu a usufruct?” in P Birks (ed), New Perspectives in the Roman Law of Property (1989), 77 (henceforth Cairns, “Craig, Cujas and the definition of feudum”). F J Grant, The Faculty of Advocates in Scotland, 1532-1943 (Scottish Record Society, 1944) seems to be mistaken in suggesting Craig was admitted as an advocate in 1563; his name is absent from the relevant volume of the Books of Sederunt, NAS CS1/2/1.

    10 J H Salmon, Society in Crisis: France in the Sixteenth Century (1975), 151-166.

    11 Cairns et al, “Legal humanism”, 50-51.

    12 For discussion, see C W Brooks, Lawyers, Litigation and English Society since 1540 (1998), 75.

    24 See J Finlay, Men of Law in Pre-Reformation Scotland (2000), ch 5 (henceforth Finlay, Men of Law).

    25 Cf the comments, in a later context, of Sir George Mackenzie on advocacy as a noble profession: “What is so noble, as to be depended upon by such as are in Prosperity, (for Client and Depender are the same in all Languages)”. (“Pleadings before the Supreme Courts of Scotland”, in The Works of that Eminent and Learned Lawyer, Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, 2 vols (Edinburgh, 1716, 1722), vol 1, 11).

    26 R Paul (ed), “Twenty-four Letters of Sir Thomas Hope”, Miscellany of the Scottish History Society (Edinburgh, 1893), vol 1, 88-89.

    27 On the circumstances, see R K Hannay, The College of Justice (reprint edition, Stair Society, sup vol 1, 1990), 121. On Craig's progeny, and the remarkable links they had with the legal profession, see T I Rae, “The origins of the Advocates' Library”, in P Cadell and A Matheson (eds), For the Encouragement of Learning (1989), 6. It should be noted that royal patronage of the kind Hope sought is only viable with an adult king and functioning court; it cannot therefore be traced for Craig in the early 1570s.

    28 van Heijnsbergen, “Literature and History in Queen Mary's Edinburgh”, 197. Lewis Bellenden named Thomas Craig as one of his factors when he left to study in France in April 1575: National Register of Archives in Scotland, 1100/1938 (reference from John H Ballantyne).

    29 RPC, ii, 580. These papers related to the administration of Kelso Abbey (see text at note 118).

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