New funding to unlock secrets of city records

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The city has more surviving records for the period 1398–1511 than all other Scottish towns combined.

Researchers have previously delved into the records to uncover tales of shipwrecks, piracy and even royal demands and the new funding, from the Leverhulme Trust, will enable them to analyse legal practices in the city - how was the law applied, who used it, when, and to what ends.

Dr Jackson Armstrong, from the University of Aberdeen, will lead the project, entitled Law in the Aberdeen Council Registers 1398–1511: Concepts, Practices, Geographies. It will be based in the University’s Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies (RIISS). Dr Armstrong said: “We will be looking at how the use of the law changed over time and the basis for that change.

Period19 Jan 2016 → 19 Jul 2016

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