To fund the minister’s augmented stipend in the parish of Alloa, a scheme of locality was prepared to allocate the stipend among the heritors who were liable to pay for it. Defender John Francis Erskine produced a valuation of his teinds showing that they were exhausted by the old stipend; thus, he was not required to pay for the augmentation. As a result, the pursuer, Sir Ralph Abercromby, was responsible for a larger share of the augmented stipend. Sir Ralph sought to challenge the valuation of Mr. Erskine’s property. However, Mr. Erskine argued that Sir Ralph did not have legal standing to challenge the valuation.