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Painting stolen from historic law library

I Cannae Hear Ye by Tom Scott
I Cannae Hear Ye was painted by Tom Scott who specialised in landscapes

A valuable painting has been stolen from a library used by some of Scotland's most senior lawyers.

The watercolour was taken over the New Year from the historic Signet Library in Edinburgh, home of the country's legal establishment.

The Signet Library is in Parliament Square off the Royal Mile and houses The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet, an independent body of lawyers.

It is one of the oldest professional bodies in the world.

The library is a favourite venue for prestigious functions and played host to a New Year party for 200 people.

Sometime between then and 5 January, the watercolour, 'I Cannae Hear Ye' by Borders artist Tom Scott, was stolen.

It is valued at up to £4,000.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "This has been an opportunistic theft of a relatively expensive piece of artwork, and we are eager to ensure it is returned to the library.

"Anyone who has any information that can assist our inquiries should contact police immediately."

Tom Scott lived between 1854 and 1927 and mainly painted landscapes.

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