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Advocacy, patronage and character at the eighteenth-century Scots bar

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Beginning with two case studies, this article seeks to investigate the impact of patronage on conceptions of the ethical behaviour of practising advocates in post-Union Scotland. It is argued that efforts by individuals to protect their reputation and defend their character by reference to traditional notions of the virtuous advocate distort reality. The formal care taken by the Faculty of Advocates over admission to what it regarded as a noble profession, and in the promotion of ethical behaviour by ensuring that only competent men of good character took up the office of advocate, belies the fact that beneath the surface, concern with good character was often less important than family and political factors in securing acceptance and success at the bar.

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2006-03-01
2016-12-05

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