By Karen Baston

In Charles Areskine's Library, Karen Baston makes use of an in depth learn of an eighteenth-century Scottish advocate's deepest publication assortment to discover key topics within the Scottish Enlightenment together with secularisation, modernisation, internationalisation, and the improvement of criminal literature in Scotland. via exploring a surviving manuscript dated 1731that lists a Scottish lawyer's library, Karen Baston demonstrates that the books Charles Areskine owned, utilized in perform, and browse for excitement embedded him within the highbrow tradition that elevated in early eighteenth-century Scotland. Areskine and his fellow advocates emerged as scholarly and sociable gents who led their country. attorneys have been essential to and built-in with the Scottish society that allowed the Scottish Enlightenment to take root and flourish inside of Areskine's lifetime.

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101 eultural Concerns Areskine may have acquired some of the language dictionaries and travel guides listed in his 1731catalogue to enhance his experience as a tourist. Areskine's list includes dictionaries and grammars for French, Italian, German, and Spanish and combinations of them. There are, however, no aids for Dutch in the 1731list. It is likely that Areskine could speak some Dutch. 102 Knowledge of Dutch was not important to Scottish tourists and students who could communicate in Latin or French with their learned peers.

Clerk developed a passion for book buying while in the Netherlands and his correspondence with his father, often to request more funding, tells the story of the development of his collection. Clerk was careful to justify his spending to his father and his letters show that he sometimes doubted his ability to create a library he would use for the rest of his life and career. His confidence grew as he became an experienced buyer and he had a collection he was proud of by the time he returned to Scotland.

2 As well as helping them to qualify for the professions, travel also fostered the students ' sense of belonging to an international community of scholars. Travellingwas an effective way to lessen prejudices while increasing networking opportunities with like-minded people who shared interests beyond the academic training which the students had as their priority. 3 For Scots legal scholars there was another dimension to this sense of community. Because so many future Scottish advocates travelled abroad and shared an experience of a "polite, 1 John W.

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