The acts of the Lords of Council contains the proceedings of the lords of the Scottish king's private council when dealing with judicial affairs, in the period before the Register of the Privy Council of Scotland becomes available.
Volume I of The Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland (APS), is the first volume of a huge series of all the acts of the Scottish parliament between its origins and the Union of 1707.
Until recent years, APS was the series historians turned to when using the acts of parliament, however it was replaced by an entirely new edition of the acts contained in Records of the Parliaments of Scotland, edited by K. M. Brown et al. (RPS).
Although RPS has superseded APS in almost every respect, it did not republish a great deal of the content found in APS, volume I. The material was rightly excluded because it is not strictly parliamentary, however it is still of great value to a wide range of historians interested in medieval Scotland and the origins of Scots Law.
These six volumes provide a combination of full and calendared entries from the proceedings of the Privy Council, relating to England's colonies between 1613 and 1783, particularly in the West Indies and Americas.
Totaling four books, this is one of John Erskine's most popular works having never been out of print since its publication in 1773, giving an account of Scots law, drawn from Sir George Mackenzie's Institutions of the Law of Scotland.