Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Cowper Law,

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cowper Law,
a corruption of Cupar, etc., is trying a man after execution. Similar expressions are Jedwood, Jeddart, and Jedburgh justice. Cowper justice had its rise from a baron-baile in Coupar-Angus, before heritable jurisdictions were abolished. (See LYDFORD LAW.)   1
        “Cowper Law, as we say in Scotland—hang a man first, and then judge him.”—Lord de Ros: Tower of London.



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