An Act for taking away and abolishing the Heritable Jurisdictions in that part of Great Britain called Scotland; and for making satisfaction to the proprietors thereof; and for restoring such jurisdictions to the Crown. [etc. etc.].


Edité par London: Printed by Thomas Baskett., 1747., 1747
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Titre : An Act for taking away and abolishing the ...

Éditeur : London: Printed by Thomas Baskett., 1747.

Date d'édition : 1747

Edition : 1st Edition

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FIRST PRINTING. Folio, general title with coat of arms, drop-head title on following leaf with decorative initial letter, pp. [1], (verso blank), 911 - 931, [1] blank, disbound couple of worm-holes in upper blank margin well outside text area. [In 1747, as efforts were hurriedly made to limit the influence of Highland chiefs following the Jacobite Rising of 1745-46, the Abolition of Heritable Jurisdictions (Scotland) Act removed the right of the great barons – the dukes and earls – to hold courts which were almost the equal of the Crown courts. Up until that time, they had jurisdictions called regalities or sheriffdoms which could bring to trial almost anyone accused of almost any crime other than treason, murder, rape and arson. When these rights were swept away by the 1747 Act, the chiefs and earls were compensated for losing their profits, but they did retain the much less sweeping powers of the baronial court. The baron’s historic jurisdiction varied according to the wording of the grant at the time the lands were erected into a barony; there was no standard set of rights or obligations. The baronial courts in their truncated form were used largely to enforce payment of rents on the laird's estate.]. N° de réf. du libraire 13539

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