Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The Law of Succession - Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk

I've just obtained a preview copy of what will soon be one of the most definitive Scottish genealogical releases of the year, The Law of Succession, by Sir Iain Moncrieffe of that Ilk (1919-1985).

The book, at almost 300 pages, is subtitled Origins and Background of the Law of Succession to Arms and Dignities in Scotland and was written by Sir Iain, formerly the Albany Herald of Arms, for his degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in 1958. It is essentially split into two sections, the first dealing with succession before Scots Law, in the time of the Picts, the Cymry and the Gaels, and then with succession after the introduction of Scots Law, through discussion on the practice in earldoms, baronies, peerages, the monarchy and the Heirs of Law to Arms.


I'll be reviewing the book for a forthcoming issue of Discover my Past Scotland, but I've attached a sneak preview of the cover. When released (there's been a slight delay from this month's release) it will cost a hefty £60, but will be one of the genealogical events of the year.

Keep your eyes peeled for the review, and on Birlinn's site at www.birlinn.co.uk - the book will be published under the company's John Donald imprint.

(Thanks to Birlinn)

Chris

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3 comments:

Alex Maxwell Findlater said...

It is thanks to Peter Drummond-Murray of Mastrick and to the St Andrews Fund for Scottish Heraldry that this book got off the ground.

Chapeau bas à tous.

Alex Maxwell Findlater said...

It is thanks to Peter Drummond-Murray of Mastrick and to the St Andrews Fund for Scottish Heraldry that this project got off the ground.

Chapeau bas à tous.

Chris Paton said...

A huge thanks to both! I spent a couple of hours a couple of days ago on the train to Birmingham reading about Pictish succession - a fascinating book!

Chris