Coincidences in old Scots law

There are a few resources in the library that we don’t have cause to consult very often, the statutes of the pre-1707 Scottish Parliament being an example. As our set is huge (see the photo below with tissue box for scale) we mainly use them to impress work experience kids!

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However earlier this week I had a request for an early 17th century Act so had reason to open one of the volumes and while looking through it the Act below from the 1621 session of Parliament caught our eye.

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Later the same day I was at the National Library of Scotland for a talk by Colin Beattie MSP on 17th century Scottish history as he has interpreted it through his collection of original documents. It seemed quite a coincidence that one of the first documents he showed us was the Act above! Twice in the same day joking about the same Act!

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