Date of Decision: 1774
Abstract: Robert Alexander hired John Beaumont in 1770 to mine the coal on Alexander's property in Blackhouse and Boghall in Ayrshire. Under the contract, Beaumont was to deliver coal from Alexander's property to the harbor of Ayr. Beaumont brought the coal to the harbor of Ayr, but he claimed that there were no people who could receive the coal on behalf of Alexander. Beaumont applied to William Alexander, the brother of Robert Alexander, for directions. According to Beaumont, William Alexander directed Beaumont to offer the coals to the Newton Company or a third party, or to "bing" the coals "on the hill." The parties disagreed over the expenses incurred for coals binged on the hill. Alexander also accused Beaumont of failing to separate the bings of great coal from the bings of pan wood. Alexander believed that some coals took fire because of Beaumont's alleged failure to separate great coal from pan wood.
Subjects: Breach of Contract, Contracts and Obligations

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Not Reported

People or Organizations Associated with Case

Advocate for Defender:
Sir Ilay Campbell, Lord Succoth, 1st Baronet of Succoth
Advocate for Pursuer:
Robert McQueen
Named in case documents:
William Alexander, of Blackhouse, Brother of Pursuer