Date of Decision: 28 Feb 1801
Abstract: After Mary Tait’s husband William White left the country, Tait sought alimony from her father-in-law George White. George, a small farmer, denied that he was obligated to support Tait and her infant child. He argued that this burden should fall on Tait's parish of residence, not solely on him, and that support obligations had only been extended to relatives in cases where a man of rank was required to provide for his heir. Tait argued that the duty to aliment children applied equally to all classes of society.
Subjects: Aliment

Published Report

William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), 4


Mary Tait
George White

People or Organizations Associated with Case

Lord Ordinary:
Sir William Macleod Bannatyne, Lord Bannatyne
Dav. Murray, W.S.
Wm. Riddell, W.S.
P. Clerk
Mr. Pringle
H. Clk.
Advocate for Defender:
David Cathcart
Advocate for Pursuer:
William Boswell
Named in case documents:
William White, Husband of Pursuer
Walter Tait, Father of Pursuer
Dr. James Finlayson, Reverend