John, Robert, and David Scotland sought damages from James Thomson, minister of Dunfermline, after Thomson preached two sermons accusing them of lying and corruption in connection with the Dunfermline election. Thomson claimed that it was his duty to censure wrongful behavior, and that the second sermon was justified by a provocative letter to the editor written by Robert Scotland.
Mungo Brown, Supplement to the Dictionary of the Decisions of the Court of Session (1826), pg. 574
William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), pg. 13934, , pg. Reparation App. Pt. 1 P. 1