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Café Histoire: John Law de Lauriston (1671-1729)

Monday 17 October 2011 17:30-19:00

Institut français d’Ecosse

13 Randolph Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TT

‘The one who was wrong being right too early’


John Law was born in Edinburgh on 21 April 1671. He offers his services as ‘adventurer, banker, and Scottish economist’ to the regent Philippe d’Orléans, when the Kingdom of France is completely wasted, both economically and financially. Law will attempt to relieve the dramatic situation thanks to his innovative ‘system’.

Institute members: £5 / Non members: £8

Picture: John Law by Casimir Balthazar (1811-1875). Oil on canvas, 1843, musée de la Compagnie des Indes, Lorient.

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