The Thistle, the Rose, and the Palm: Scottish and English Judges in British East Florida
The National Archives (Kew) contain a small trove of court records from the province of East Florida. These records indicate at least eight separate courts were in operation during the British period from 1763 to 1784. Until now, these legal papers were thought to have been lost or destroyed. They reveal an unexplored world of British and colonial American legal history. St Augustine, East Florida, was a southern colonial legal hub in the British Empire before, during, and after North American independence. This chapter examines the judges of the province and their links to Scotland, England, and British colonies to the north of the province. Allocation of legal positions in East Florida reflected extant Scottish and English networks and connections found throughout the Empire.
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M. C. Mirow, The Thistle, the Rose, and the Palm: Scottish and English Judges in British East Florida, in NETWORKS AND CONNECTIONS IN LEGAL HISTORY 88–123 (Michael Lobban & Ian Williams eds., 2020).