In March 1765, Edinburgh merchants Alexander & Sons contracted with the Borrowstounness merchant house of James Scrimgeour & Son to freight the ship the Duke of Athol for a voyage to Grenada—after considering a trip to Maryland or Virginia—with a cargo of herring, staves, and green linens. Due to a variety of accidents, the ship did not make it to Grenada until after the end of sugar season. Having no sugar to collect and bring back to Scotland, the agent at Grenada for Alexander & Sons convinced the ship’s captain to sail for (North) Carolina. Within days of the ship’s arrival in Wilmington, protests broke out over the Stamp Act, delaying the ship’s loading and departure for months. When the Duke of Athol finally returned to Leith, Alexander & Sons brought a legal dispute against James Scrimgeour & Son over the respective financial obligations of the parties due to the ship's delay.

Published Reports

William Morison, The Decisions of the Court of Session (1811), pg. 3955
Dalrymple, Decisions of the Lord of Council and Session, from 1766 to 1791, pg. 292

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Session Papers

Information

Information for Mess. William Alexander and Son, merchants in Edinburgh, Defenders; against James Scrymgeour and Son, merchants in Borrowstounness, Pursuers

14 Jan 1769
Answers

Answers for James Scrimgeour and Son, merchants in Borrowstounness, to the Petition of Mess. William Alexander and Sons, merchants in Edinburgh

24 Apr 1769
Information

Information for James Scrimgeour and Son, merchants in Borrowstounness, pursuers, against, William Alexander and Son, merchants in Edinburgh, defenders

1 Feb 1769
Petition

Unto the Right Honourable, the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of William Alexander and Sons Merchants in Edinburgh

9 Mar 1769
Memorial

Memorial for Mess. James Scrimgeour and Son, merchants in Borrowstounness, Pursuers, against William Alexander and Son, merchants in Edinburgh, Defenders.

18 Jul 1770
Petition

Unto the Right Honourable, the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of James Scrimgeour and Son, Merchants in Borrowstouness

15 Feb 1771
Memorial

Memorial for Mess. William Alexander and Son, merchants in Edinburgh, Defenders, against James Scrimgeour and Son, merchants in Borrowstounness, Pursuers

28 Feb 1771
Proof

Proof, in the process, Mess. James Scrymgeour and Son, merchants in Borrowstounness, against Mess. William Alexander and Son, merchants in Edinburgh. Printed in the obedience to an interlocutor of the court of Feb. 16. 1771

16 Feb 1771
Memorial

Memorial for Mess. James Scrimgeour and Son, merchants in Borrowstounness, Pursuers, against William Alexander and Son, merchants in Edinburgh, Defenders.

28 Feb 1771
Memorial

Memorial for Mess. William Alexander and Son, Defenders. against James Scrimgeour and Son, merchants in Borrowstounness, Pursuers

18 Jul 1770

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