In April 1776, John Walker & Company freighted the Duntreath with a load of coal, deliverable to Alexander-John Alexander of Grenada. Upon the Duntreath's arrival in Grenada, Bartlet, Campbell, & Company freighted it for a journey to Florida. In August 1776, after stopping on the St. Johns River, the Duntreath's captain James Edmonstone was captured by rebels and carried to Savannah. Now under the command of James Crichton, on its journey back to Grenada, the Duntreath was captured by the privateer ship Tyrannicide, but then recaptured and brought to New York for repairs. In January 1778, the Duntreath set out for Grenada again, but was captured by another rebel ship, the Three Sisters, before being recaptured and brought to Grenada. When no appearance was made to reclaim the Duntreath, Grenada's Vice-Admiralty Court had it auctioned. The owners of the Duntreath then made a claim to its insurance underwriters for a total loss, however the underwriters argued that because the auction money was deposited with Grenada's Vice-Admiralty Court, it was merely a partial loss. After the High Court of Admiralty found their case ineffectual, the ship's owners appealed to the Court of Session. Lord Gardenstone reported their bill, but the Court ruled it outside of their jurisdiction. Their bill was later remitted to Lord Braxfield, however, who reported it again; the Court then determined that the pursuers could only claim a partial loss.

Published Reports

William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), pg. 7112, , pg. 7527

Locations

Session Papers

Bill of Advocation

Bill of Advocation, John Moir writer to the signet, factor upon the sequestrated personal estate of William Alexander and Sons, merchants in Edinburgh, and Captain James Edmonstone of the ship Duntreath, Pursuers and Advocators, against William Jackson, Secretary of the Post-office, and others, Defenders, Of an interlocutor of the Judge of the High Court of Admiralty

16 Jan 1779
Answers

Answers for William Jackson and Others, to the Bill of Advocation for John Moir Writer to the Signet, and James Edmonston

3 Mar 1779
Replies

Replies for John Moir, and Captain James Edmonstone, Complainers, to The Answers for William Jackson, and others, Defenders

3 Mar 1779
Duplies

Duplies for William Jackson and others, defenders ; to the Replies for John Moir writer to the signet, and Captain James Edmonston

3 Mar 1779
Triplies

Triplies for John Moir, and James Edmonstone, Complainers, to The Duplies for William Jackson, and others, Defenders

3 Mar 1779
Information

Information for William Jackson, James Stoddart, and others, underwriters in Edinburgh, defenders, against John Moir, writer to the signet, factor on the sequestrated estate of Messrs William Alexander and Sons, and Captain James Edmonston of the ship Duntreath, pursuers

2 Oct 1779
Information

Information for Captain James Edmonston of the ship Duntreath, and John Moir writer to the signet, factor for the creditors of William Alexander and Sons, late merchants in Edinburgh, Pursuers, against William Jackson, and others, Defenders

12 Nov 1779
Petition

Unto The Right Honourable The Lords of Council and Session ; the Petition of William Jackson, James Stoddart, and Others, Underwriters in Edinburgh

23 Nov 1779

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