Letter concerning heritable jurisdictions, 1748

Following the abolition of heritable jurisdictionsGlossary - opens new window (see above), a new system of sheriff courts was introduced, with the sheriff being appointed by the Crown. This meant that standards of justice became more like those in England. In this letter Alexander Boswell, newly appointed as Deputy Sheriff of Wigtownshire, expresses his support for the abolition of the old system.
Catalogue reference: SP 54/38/50, p. 275 (26 March 1748)

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