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Ae Fond Kiss: A Private Matter?

Research output: Working paper

Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2014

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Law School Accepted Papers Series


The Ben Beinart Memorial Lecture given at the University of Cape Town on 16 April 2013. The paper discusses the 1804 case of Cadell & Davies v Stewart, in which the existence of rights to publish or to prevent publication of private letters between the poet Robert Burns and his close friend Agnes McLehose was ventilated at length by the advocates and judges appearing in the court. The paper assesses the evidence for what really happened between Burns and Agnes, and discusses the contemporary significance of the court's decision to prevent publication.

    Research areas

  • Scots law, History of copyright, Literary property, Unpublished works, Breach of confidence, Privacy

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