In 1717, James Balfour of Randerstoun and Thomas Hay of Edinburgh granted bond to Thomas Erskine. Upon Erskine's death, his three daughters each inherited a one third share of the bond. Janet, the youngest daughter, died without issue. This case involved a dispute over whether or not the other two sisters had a lawful claim to the full bond payment, including Janet's third and its interest. The defender, John Hay-Balfour and his Tutors, claimed that the two living sisters failed to take the legal steps required to vest in them Janet's share of the bond. Handwritten notes on front page reads "refused."