Date of Decision: 2 Aug 1766
Abstract: Petitioners sought to have a borough election nullified on the ground that it was conducted in a corrupt fashion by counsellors who were bribed by Robert Alexander, a candidate for the local parliament seat.
Subjects: Election contest

Published Report

Sir David Dalyrymple of Hailes, Decisions of the Lords of Council and Session, from 1766 to 1791 (1826), 118

Litigants

Pursuer:
John Henderson, Burgess of Pittenweem
Peter Ramsay, Late bailie of Pittenweem
Andrew Wilson, Late bailie of Pittenweem
John Brown, Late counsellor of Pittenweem
Robert Dick, Burgess of Pittenweem
James Nairn, Burgess of Pittenweem
Colin Fowler, Burgess of Pittenweem
Defender:
Thomas Davidson, Counselor of Pittenweem
Thomas Martin, Bailie of Pittenweem
Thomas Watson, Counselor of Pittenweem
William Morison, Bailie of Pittenweem
James Laing, Counselor of Pittenweem
James Ballardie, Bailie of Pittenweem
Thomas Ballardie, Counselor of Pittenweem
William Tait, Bailie of Pittenweem
John Durkie, Counselor of Pittenweem
James Martin Jr., Treasurer of Pittenweem
Robert Alexander, Counsellor of Pittenweem
James Martin Sr., Counsellor of Pittenweem
William Alexander, Counsellor of Pittenweem
William Martin, Counsellor of Pittenweem
Thomas Horsburgh Sr., Counsellor of Pittenweem
Alexander Anderson, Counsellor of Pittenweem
Thomas Horsburgh Jr., Counsellor of Pittenweem
Robert Ramsay, Counsellor of Pittenweem
Laurence Aitken, Counsellor of Pittenweem
David Lowson, Counsellor of Pittenweem
John Tod, Counsellor of Pittenweem
David Bowman, Counselor of Pittenweem
Robert Stevenson, Counselor of Pittenweem
Alexander Hamilton, Counselor of Pittenweem
James Thomson, Counselor of Pittenweem
William Melvill, Counselor of Pittenweem

People or Organizations Associated with Case

Named in case documents:
Colonel John Scott, of Balcomie, Candidate for parliament
Sir John Anstruther, of Anstruther, Baronet, Candidate for parliament
Sir Henry Erskine, of Alva and Clackmannan, Baronet, Late member of parliament
Advocate for Pursuer:
George Cokburne
Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville
Sir Ilay Campbell, of Succoth
Advocate for Defender:
David Rae
John Maclaurin

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