Date of Decision: 3 Mar 1772
Abstract: Richardson, pursuer, and Fenwick, defender, both seek to collect on payments originally from John Bedford and Son, an English firm. Due to financial trouble, checks endorsed by John Bedford and Son cannot be cashed. Instead, Richardson and Fenwick seek to collect from several Scottish firms that owed money to John Bedford and Son, such as Gibson and Balfour, Colin Mclaren and Samuel Patron. Under a "letter of arrestment ad jurisdictionem fundandam," a creditor can bring a foreign debtor's property under the jurisdiction of the Scottish court. In this case the foreign debtor's property is debt. On one hand Fenwick used two arrestments in the hands of Gibson and Balfour, as debtors to Bedford and Son, jurisdictionis fundandæ causa. He afterwards obtained decree against Bedford and Son for payment and recourse. On the other hand, Richardson, upon the registered protest of his bill and taken out letters of arrestment executed one arrestment against Gibson and Balfour, and M'Laren and others, as debtors to Bedford and Son. Richardson and Fenwick dispute who has priority to these debts. Fenwick alleges that Richardson's procedure for authorizing letters of arrestment was irregular and therefore ineffective. Richardson disputes Fenwick's claim, and further argues that Fenwick incorrectly identified the debtor as Bedford and Son instead of John Bedford and Son.
Subjects: Arrestment, Competition between Creditors, Debt

Published Report

William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), 678 Sir David Dalyrymple of Hailes, Decisions of the Lords of Council and Session, from 1766 to 1791 (1826), 471


William Richardson
Martin Fenwick

People or Organizations Associated with Case

Lord Ordinary:
Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes, 3rd Baronet of Nova Scotia
Named in case documents:
Colin MacLaren, Debtor to Bedford and Son
Samuel Paton, Debtor to Bedford and Son
Gibson and Balfour, Debtor to Bedford and Son
John Bedford and Son, Debtor (drawers)


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