Date of Decision: 4 Mar 1801
Abstract: Defender Richard Mercer contracted a substantial debt to pursuer Susanna Frances Tasker while both resided in Ireland. Mercer subsequently went to Scotland. Upon learning of this, Tasker’s attorney in Scotland petitioned the Magistrates of Edinburgh to imprison Mercer until he made bail, on the ground that he was “in meditatione fugae”—i.e., contemplating flight from the country. Mercer responded that he had gone to Edinburgh to seek medical treatment for his daughter and had no intention of fleeing the country. Case documents include depositions of individuals who witnessed events relevant to the case.
Subjects: Meditatione Fugae

Published Report

William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), App. Part 1, No. 1


Susanna Frances Tasker
Trustee/Tutor/Representative for Pursuer:
Robert Dick, Mandatory
Richard Mercer, Esq

People or Organizations Associated with Case

Named in case documents:
Dr. Monro
Dr. Gregory
Arthur Thomas, Pursuer's agent in Dublin
Ann Mercer
Robert Laurie, Deponent
Alexander Williamson, Deponent
Mr. Hotchkis
Charles Canivet, Deponent
Mr. Patison, Assessor
Luke Mercer
Lloyd Henry Thomas, Pursuer's attorney in Dublin
M. Clk.
Robert Dick
Advocate for Pursuer:
Thomas Walker Baird
Lord Ordinary:
Sir William Macleod Bannatyne, of Kames, Lord Bannatyne