A note on Sword v. Sinclair and the law of error

William McBryde

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Sword v. Sinclair has often been viewed as an important case on pure unilateral error as to price, and as authoriy for the proposition that unilateral error is, or was, part of Scots law. There has also been some debate about the true meaning of the case. In this article Professor McBryde, having examined Session Papers, shows that the reports of the case are incomplete and it is not a clear authority on pure unilateral error.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-286
Number of pages6
JournalJuridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Legal history
  • Law of error
  • Scotland

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