The 1774 election of the council of Linlithgow produced three counsellors who did not reside in the burgh. Several members of the council sought a declaration from the court that the three non-residents were ineligible to serve, and that their election was therefore null and void. The burgh's provost, ten other members of council, and the challenged counsellors opposed such an order, claiming that the suit was politically motivated. The defenders argued that it was unnecessary for counsellors to reside in the burgh, that the pursuers were barred from suing because they had concurred in the election, and that many non-residents had served as counsellors over the years.
William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), pg. 1883
Sir David Dalyrymple of Hailes, Decisions of the Lords of Council and Session, from 1766 to 1791 (1826), pg. 618