Date of Decision: 16 Jun 1772
Abstract: This case concerns the selection of the second minister for the parish at South Leith. In the past, the second minister has been selected by a committee with representatives from the incorporations of different trades and the kirk-session (a group of elders in the local congregation). The defender John Logan and the pursuer John Snodgrass were set up as candidates. The incorporations and the kirk-session disagree about the candidates. Each side also points to errors in the selections and voting process. In an interlocutory ruling, Lord Kennet Ordinary found for Logan. Mr Snodgrass, and the voters on his side, brought a process of reduction and declarator against Mr Logan, and his adherents, before Court. Mr Logan and his party repeated a counter-process of a similar nature.
Subjects: Jurisdiction, Patronage, Ministers

Published Report

William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), 7374, 9937

Litigants

Pursuer:
Mr. John Snodgrass, Preacher of the Gospel
Mr. John Beastson, Delegate to vote for Mr. Snodgrass at the election
Mr. George Steel, Delegate to vote for Mr. Snodgrass at the election
Mr. Andrew Cassils, Delegate to vote for Mr. Snodgrass at the election
Mr. Henry Thomson, Delegate to vote for Mr. Snodgrass at the election
Defender:
Mr. John Logan

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