Pursuer David Ross is the manager of the Theatre-Royal of Edinburgh. Defender Esther Woodman is an actress in the theatre's productions. Esther and her husband Thomas entered into an employment contract with Ross. Ross eventually fired Esther Woodman because she refused to take on certain roles in the plays or did not show up to rehearsals. Following her dismissal, Esther and Thomas Woodman brought an action against Ross before the sheriff of Edinburgh, seeking a weekly salary for the term of Esther's employment contract. Ross maintains that Esther was justly and properly dismissed based on her improper conduct, and that she did not entitled to her weekly salary under the employment contract.