Boyd Porterfield, pursuer, claims that he is entitled to the lands of the Porterfield family in Hapland. The male line of the Porterfield family has died out. Boyd Porterfield is the grandson and heir of Alexander Porterfield, who, in turn, is a cousin of Gabriel Porterfield. This case concerns the family line of Gabriel Porterfield. It appears that Alexander Porterfield is Gabriel's closest male relative. Boyd Porterfield claims that he is entitled to the lands based on a tailzie that Gabriel Porterfield executed in 1742. The three daughters of Gabriel Porterfield, Joanna, Margaret, and Lilias, along with their husbands, challenge Boyd's claim to the lands.