New books in Taylor Library

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February saw three new additions to the Taylor Library general book collection. See the list below for details and links to the book entries on Primo. You can also have a look at the Taylor new acquisitions page for a list of what has come in over the last three months.

February 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Gill, Brian Agricultural tenancies*

*Previous editions titled Law of agricultural holdings in Scotland.

Edinburgh : W. Green/Thomson Reuters, 2017 346.41104348 GIL
McKendrick, Ewan Contract law Basingstoke : Macmillan Education/Palgrave, 2015 346.4202 MCK

 

Rotabi, Karen Smith From intercountry adoption to global surrogacy: a human rights history and new fertility frontiers London : Routledge, 2016 306.8743 ROT

University of Aberdeen law students win National Client Consultation competition

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(L-R) Euan and Jennifer with the winners’ trophy and University law lecturer Malcolm Combe

Congratulations go to University of Aberdeen Law Diploma students Jennifer Baird and Euan Thompson, who jointly won the recent Scottish Client Competition, earning the opportunity to represent Scotland internationally.

 The competition’s theme this year was ‘residential neighbours’ and involved mock scenarios including a hedge dispute and property damage caused by children. Jennifer and Euan took part in a simulated lawyer/client interview and were competing against five other teams from Scottish universities. A panel of expert judges marked each performance and gave feedback.
“I think the competition has been invaluable to both of us, through gaining interview skills, the experience of working under pressure to find solutions and managing client expectations.” -Jennifer Baird
Jennifer and Euan will take their skills to the international stage at the University of Kent later this year.
Congratulations once again to Jennifer and Euan and best of luck for the next stage!
 More information here.

Talk this evening-“Cycling and the Law”

brendamitchellcyclingandthelawBrenda Mitchell, the founder and Senior Partner at Cycle Law Scotland, will give a talk this evening on the subject of Cycling and the Law. She will be discussing real case studies, case law, video footage and what to do in the event of a collision. This promises to be an engaging event with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.

The event will last from 7pm-8:30pm and takes place in New King’s 1 (New King’s is building 22 on the campus map).

Registry for this event is free. For more information and to book your place see the Eventbrite page .

Library workshops for Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (LS551T)

We would like to remind our new LLM students that the library workshops for Critical Legal Thinking are happening next week (w/c 30th of January).

Please check which slot you have been allocated to and come along to the 2-hour workshop to sharpen your information retrieval skills!

Location: PC classrooms 1+2, Floor 2, The Sir Duncan Rice Library

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Regulations for the LAW LIBRARY of the University of Aberdeen (1894)

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A few years ago we conducted some research and wrote a short history of the Taylor Library. The original intention was to continue the research to find out more about the development of the collection on the site. One might think in the summer, when the library is quieter, research like this could be more easily carried out. That is partly true but there were always other projects in the last few years which prevented us from continuing our research.

Although this summer is not better than the previous ones in this respect, we could still make a start. During the last visit to the Special Collections, we have made a few discoveries. One of them was the Regulations of the Law Library of the University of Aberdeen which dates back to 1894. This could be one of the oldest regulations relating to the site, and it gives you a few lovely surprises if you try to compare the old regulations to the current ones.

This post will not undertake to give you an overall picture of the life of the Taylor Library in the late 19th century. Nor will it introduce the collection at the time. This is just a snapshot of life in the Library in light of rules that staff and students had to abide by.

 

Regulations

for

THE LAW LIBRARY

of the

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

(1894)

  1. The Law Library will be open, for consultation, during the Winter Session every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (except for two weeks during the Christmas Vacation) from 7 to 9 P.M.; and during every alternate Summer Session (when there is a course on Roman Law) every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 to 9P.M.
  2. Books shall not be lent out while the Law Classes are in Session, but shall be retained in the Library for consultation only. When no Law Classes are in Session, books (except as mentioned in Rule 7) may be borrowed, in the General University Library, during the hours when it is open, by matriculated Law Students of the University, or by one having a specific written mandate from the Dean of the Faculty of Law for the delivery of some particular book or books to be given out.
  3. No person other than those referred to in Rule 2 shall be entitled to the use of the Library, either directly or indirectly.
  4. All books borrowed from the Law Library shall be returned by the person in whose name they are given out, direct to the University Librarian or his Assistant.
  5. No person shall be entitled to borrow more than two volumes at one time.
  6. After a book has been out for fourteen days the borrower shall be liable to be called on to return the same, and if the book is not returned after seven days the borrower shall be liable to be fined according to the rules of the General Library of the University. All borrowed books must be returned on the Wednesday before the Law Classes commence.
  7. The Dictionaries, Digests of Decisions, Reports of Cases, the Statutes, and unbound parts of Law Books, shall not be given out, but shall be kept for consultation only.
  8. No book shall be given out to any person until he has returned any other book or books which he may previously have been called on to return.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Maintenance: Lexis Library on Sunday 24 April

We have been advised that Lexis Library will be unavailable LexisNexis logo
between 02:00 am and approximately 10:00 am on Sunday 24 April, 2016 for maintenance.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Old books for contemporary readers

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Readers can find an extensive collection of paper books on the second floor of the Taylor Library & EDC. Nowadays, when there is a significant shift from physical resources to online collections, our general law book collection is less busy than it was.

Undergraduate students mainly use Heavy Demand items on their course reading lists. These are textbooks, monographs, or anthologies of various fields of law. Dissertation time is probably the first time when many of them venture upstairs, and have a more thorough look around the general law collection. This is not the case with the postgraduate and especially research students who tend to use this collection more regularly. As they have to demonstrate a deeper knowledge of their chosen fields, they need more rigorous research and wider reading on their topics.

The general law collection is an ideal source of information. Covering almost every possible area of the law, it provides books, research papers, pamphlets, folios, etc. Not all materials are in English. The collection houses a quite unique Roman law section, with books written in Latin, German or French. The oldest books go back to the turn of the 19th century. [See Pandekten (1800) written by Carl Georg von Wachter (1797 -1880) and Oscar Eberhard Siegfried von Wachter (1825-1902)].

Among the old books, there are a few very well-known publications. If someone is studying law, some books are surely unmissable, like An institute of the law of Scotland: in four books: in the order of Sir George Mackenzie’s Institutes of the law by John Erskine (1695-1768); Commentaries on the law of Scotland respecting crimes by David Hume (1757-1838) or Principles of the law of Scotland by George Joseph Bell (1770-1843).

Of course, not all old books are as rare or as famous as the ones just mentioned. But all of them are important in their own way, and are excellent for historical studies or just providing a historical perspective for a given legal research. To rediscover the hidden treasures of the general law collection, and to highlight a few interesting items there, we are launching a new series of posts. Our aim is to introduce old books to contemporary readers.

The first book chosen is entitled The Court of Session Garland. It is an anthology compiled by James Maidment (1793-1879), and makes for a very lighthearted reading. The author was a prominent Advocate on genealogical cases and a friend of Sir Walter Scott. He also proved himself as a historian, poet and literary collector. Maidment’s personal library was so huge (more than 5000 items at the time of his death) that the auction for the sale of the collection lasted more than 15 sessions in 1880, and raised about £4,500. [See Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

The Court of Session Garland is a collection of humorous writings (anecdotes, songs, sonnets, epigrams, literary sketches) written by – among others – Scottish lawyers of the era (lawyers, advocates, judges). The individual pieces were selected by Maidment, and then published by Thomas G. Stevenson in Edinburgh in 1839. Of course, the book is neither a serious legal nor a sophisticated literary work, its importance lies in its significance for cultural history. The book offers a fascinating and original insight into the life of early 19th century legal professionals. It sheds a humorous light on the Scottish Bar.

And, to spark your interest in the publication, here are a few quotes from the book:

I.

“EPIGRAM ON THE LATE HUGO ARNOT. ESQ. ADVOCATE.

Written by the Honourable Henry Erskine.

The Scriptures assure us much may be forgiven
To flesh and to blood, by the mercy of heaven ;
But I’ve searched all the books, and texts I find none
That extend such forgiveness to skin and to bone.*

*Hugo was so attenuated as to be almost a walking skeleton, – had he lived till the year 1825, he might have proved a formidable rival to the living skeleton of that period. One day he was eating a split dried haddock, commonly called a spelding, when the reputed author of these lines came in, – “You see,” says Hugo, “I am not starving,” “I must own,” observed Henry Erskine, “that you are very like your meat.”

II.

 “SONG,

BY WILLIAM ERSKINE, ESQ. ADVOCATE.

William Erskine, afterwards Lord Kinneder, was the son of the Reverend William Erskine, Minister of Muthil, -he was admitted Advocate in 1790, was appointed Sheriff-Depute of Orkney 6th June 1809, and promoted to the Bench, on the resignation of Lord Balmuto, on the 29th January 1822; -he died on the 14th of August following; -he was the intimate friend of Sir Walter Scott, and author of several small poems, amongst which are Supplementary Verses to Collins’ Ode on the Superstitions of the Highlands, which possess great poetical merit.

1.

O say not Cynthia, maid divine !
That vain our vows must ever prove,
That far from thee I still must pine,
For fortune is the foe of love,
And blissful dreams and visions bright.
Ah ! yield not to the fiend despair,
Nor dash with shades of deepest night,
The scenes our fancy form’d so fair.
Far, far from hollow splendor flee,
And live with innocence and me.

2.

Come, view the vale, my peerless maid,
Where lost to all but thee I dwell,
Where nature’s beauties deck the shade
That hides thy lover’s lowly cell.
See, peace, the cherub, wanders here,
See, independence guards my store,
And truth, and hope, and love are here,-
My Cynthia can’st thou wish for more ?
Then haste from hollow splendor flee,
And dwell with innocence and me.”

 

Now, you can read the parody of the previous poem here:

“PARODY ON THE PRECEDING,

BY GEORGE CRANSTON, ESQ. LORD COREHOUSE.

1.

O say not William, youth divine,
In vain your company I seek,
That far from me to-day you dine,
Tho’ you were ask’d on Thursday week.
Your leisure hours, your eves of rest,
O give not to some stupid drone,
Nor be the dull Dunsinnan’s* guest,
For you had better yawn alone.
Far, far from Lords of Session flee,
And dine with Thomson,† and with me.

2.

Come, view the meal, my peerless blade,
Which Annie’s gentle cares afford,
Two chickens from the Cowgate head,
To grace your George’s simple board,-
And peas,-the pudding crowns my cheer,-
Potatoes purchas’d at the door,
And greens, and tarts, and ham, are here,-
My William can’st thou wish for more?
Then haste, from Lords of Session flee,
And dine with Thompson and with me.”

* Sir William Nairn, Bart. Lord Dunsinnan,-his Lordship was admitted advocate 11th March 1755, made a Lord of Session 9th March 1786, and of Justiciary, 24th December 1792. He resigned the latter appointment in 1808, the former in 1809, and died at Dunsinnan House on the 20th of March 1811. He was uncle of the celebrated Katherine Nairn, who was convicted, 14th August 1768, of being art and part guilty with her brother-in-law, Lieutenant Patrick Ogilvie, of the murder of her husband, Thomas Ogilvie of Eastmiln, as also of an incestuous intercourse with her said brother-in-law. She, (by her uncle’s assistance, as was reported,) escaped from prison, and thus avoided the gallows; but her paramour was executed. In a Magazine for 1777 she is said to have taken refuge in a Convent at Lisle, “a sincere penitent”.

† Thomas Thomson, Esq. Deputy-Clerk-Register, and one of the Principal Clerks of Session.”

III.

“SONNET

TO PATRICK ROBERTSON, ESQ.

Patrick ! Thou whom no man or mother’s son,
From Rydal northward to thine own Strathspey,
The grave can better temper with the gay ;
Who art in truth a double-barrell’d gun,
One barrell charg’d with law, and one with fun ;
Accept the customary votive lay,
On this the festive, though the thoughtful day,
When time another cycle hath begun,
Spite of the working of “ the people’s bill,”
May thy quaint spirit long impart its zest
Unto thy daily life–making the year
One constant merry Christmas–seasoning still
The learning of the law with well-tim’d jest,
And meditation pale, with purple cheer.

W—— W—DS—TH.

R——- l M——nt,
Jan. 1836

Fishy

 

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk