Acting on behalf of Gavin Pettigrew, Thomas Barton obtained a lease from the city of Glasgow for a farm called the town-mill mailing. Glasgow later sued Pettigrew and Barton for rent and obtained a favorable decree from the court. The tenants sought a suspension of that decree, on three main grounds: (1) the houses on the farm were in bad repair, (1) the magistrates had failed to provide thorns for hedges, and (3) the farm’s arable ground, for which rent was due, had been improperly measured.