Pursuers More and Irvine were merchants in Gottenburgh (Gothenburg), Sweden. William Duncan owed them money. Robert Monro also agreed to act as a cautioner for Duncan. More and Irvine obtained an order of poinding for Duncan's assets, allowing them to secure Duncan's assets for payment of the debt. Duncan's stepson, defender Walter Gibson, prevented More and Irvine's agents from entering Duncan's house. Gibson claimed that he, not Duncan, owned the house. When More and Irvine's agents later returned to the house with letters of open doors, they found the house emptied of its most valuable furniture. Gibson also claimed that he was the rightful owner of the furniture in the house. More and Irvine accused Gibson of obstructing the poinding.

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