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Three volumes of manuscript student notes on lectures presented by David Hume

 Collection — Box: CLX-A-1706
Identifier: Coll-2025

Content Description

Three volumes of student manuscript notes written by unidentified students in Edinburgh, ca 1815-1819, on David Hume's lectures. The volumes do not have main titles, but have section headings throughout, subjects include: feudal rights; charter; instrument of sasine; state of vassal's titles, etc.

Dates

  • Creation: c 1815-1819

Condition Description

Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, boards detached or detaching, labels loose, edges untrimmed. Three quarto volumes (each approximately 275 mm x 220 mm x 35 mm). 247 pp, 201 pp, 211 pp. Once volume has a watermark dated 1817. One volume, which commences with "Jurisdiction" appears to be missing a leaf at the beginning. Otherwise all appear complete.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Biographical / Historical

David Hume was born on 27 February 1757. His parents were from Berwickshire and Roxburghshire, and he was the nephew of the philosopher David Hume (1711-1776). Hume became an Advocate in 1779 and a Sheriff in Berwickshire in 1784, then afterwards in West Lothian. In 1786, he became Professor of Scots Law at Edinburgh University. Sir Walter Scott attended Hume's classes when a student at the University, in his early years. In 1811, Hume was appointed Principal Clerk to the Court of Session, and in 1822 Baron of the Scots Exchequer, a post which he held until the abolition of the body. He had also been a curator of the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh. Hume's publications include Commentaries on the law of Scotland: respecting the description and punishment of crimes (1797), and Commentaries on the law of Scotland respecting trial for crimes (1800). David Hume died at his house in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town on 30 August 1838.

Extent

3 Volumes

Physical Location

CLX-A-1706

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in June 2019. Accessison no. SC-Acc-2021-0042.

Related Materials

Special Collections also hold: Notes of lectures on the law of Scotland, delivered by David Hume, 1788, at Dc.5.37-38; Notes of lectures on Scots law, circa 1790, at Dc.6.122-124; Lectures on Scots law, circa 1795, at Dc.4.18-19; Lectures on Scots law, 1808-1809, at Gen. 860-861; Lectures on Scots law, 1810-1811, at Gen. 862 and Gen. 1391-1397. Lectures on the law of Scotland, 1810-1812, at Dc.10.42/1-3; Notes from lectures on Scots law, 1815-1816, at MSS 2673-2677 and Dc.3.8-10; Notes of lectures on Scots law probably delivered by Hume, 1817-1818, at Dc.4.61-64; Notes of Hume's lectures on Scots law, 1820-1821, Dc.5.2-4.

Condition Description

Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, boards detached or detaching, labels loose, edges untrimmed. Three quarto volumes (each approximately 275 mm x 220 mm x 35 mm). 247 pp, 201 pp, 211 pp. Once volume has a watermark dated 1817. One volume, which commences with "Jurisdiction" appears to be missing a leaf at the beginning. Otherwise all appear complete.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in June 2022 using information from the seller.

Title
Three volumes of manuscript student notes on lectures presented by David Hume, c 1815-1819
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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