Date of Decision: 4 Aug 1772
Abstract: This case concerns disputed elections for council in the burgh of Elgin. John Duff, defender, and his group controlled the Burgh council up to the election in the Michaelmas 1770 term. Duff was provost of the burgh, with members of his group serving other positions on the council. In that 1770 election, Thomas Stephen, pursuer, won and became provost of the burgh of Elgin. Stephen was a member of a rival group to Duff's group. In the next election, the Michaelmas 1771 term, Duff and his group won the election and regained their positions on the council. Each group accuses the other of resorting to riots, disturbances, bribery, and other improper means to affect the Michaelmas 1771 election.
Subjects: Burgh, Election contest

Published Report

Not Reported

Litigants

Defender:
Joseph Wilson
John Baron, Council-Deacon of the Burgh of Elgin
Alexander Gray, Council-Deacon of the Burgh of Elgin
John Duff, Provost of the Burgh of Elgin
Robert Leslie, Baillie of the Burgh of Elgin
John Jamieson, Baillie of the Burgh of Elgin
James Anderson, Baillie of the Burgh of Elgin
George Simpson, Dean of Guild of Elgin
John Clark Jr., Treasurer of the Burgh of Elgin
Alexander Brodie, Counsellor of the Burgh of Elgin
William Brodie, Counsellor of the Burgh of Elgin
Adam Watson, Counsellor of the Burgh of Elgin
Alexander Cook, Counsellor of the Burgh of Elgin
William Robertson, Counsellor of the Burgh of Elgin
Pursuer:
Thomas Stephen Sr., Provost of the Burgh of Elgin
John Laing, Baillie of the Burgh of Elgin
Alexander Brander, Treasurer of the Burgh of Elgin

People or Organizations Associated with Case

Advocate for Pursuer:
Sir Ilay Campbell, of Succoth
Advocate for Defender:
Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville

Organizations