Anderson Katherine, The influence of Scots and Norse law on law and governance in Orkney and Shetland 1450-1650
Anderson Katherine, The influence of Scots and Norse law on law and governance in Orkney and Shetland 1450-1650, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (University of Aberdeen)
This thesis examines the legal history of the Northern Isles (Orkney and Shetland) and discusses aspects of udal law and practice in the medieval and early-modern periods. It shows the extent of the influence from Scotland and Norway, and contextualises this through discussion of other Norwegian colonies. Chapter one serves as an introduction to the thesis. Chapter two considers procedural law in the Isles and the roles of the different officers involved in the legal process. Chapters three and four examine land tenure and succession respectively. The conclusion reflects on the legal history of the Isles more generally, as well as on the more recent legal history and on the current position of udal law within Scots law.