Date of Decision: 1773
Abstract: The Greenock Ropework Company was a partnership formed to manufacture rope and sail-duck. Two partners, William Donald and Henry White (alternatively spelled Whyte), served as managers of the partnership. The partnership decided that only one manager was necessary, so it appointed Henry White as the sole manager of the partnership. This action offended William Donald as well as William's brother, James Donald, another partner of Greenock Ropework Company. With a strained relationship with two of its partners, William and James Donald, proposed that the Company should be dissolved. Then partnership agreed to dissolve. The parties dispute the proper method of dissolution. To balance the books prior to dissolution, the partnership sought to collect a debt owed by James and Robert Donalds and Company (named as suspenders), the same James Donald who was a partner of the Greenock Rope partnership. Because the rope-work company furnished some goods to that company. James and Robert Donalds and Company seek to suspend the debt on the grounds that James Donald, as partner of the Greenock Ropework Company, is actually owed money in excess of the debt claimed by the partnership.
Subjects: Dissolution, Partnership

Published Report

Not Reported

Litigants

Defender:
James Simpson, Copartner of the Greenock Ropework Company
James Dougal, Copartner of the Greenock Ropework Company
Michael Bogle, Copartner of the Greenock Ropework Company
Henry Ritchie, Copartner of the Greenock Ropework Company
James Ritchie, of Craigton and Busbie, Copartner of the Greenock Ropework Company
Defender:
Charger:
Henry White, Copartner of the Greenock Ropework Company
Suspender:
Robert Donald, Copartner of the James and Robert Donalds & Company
James and Robert Donalds & Company
Pursuer:
Suspender:
James Donald, Copartner of Greenock Ropework Company, and Copartner of the James and Robert Donalds & Company
Pursuer:
William Donald, Copartner of Greenock Ropework Company

People or Organizations Associated with Case

Lord Ordinary:
James Burnett, Lord Monboddo
Named in case documents:
The Greenock rope-work