In this poser taken from the minutes of Huntly Regality Court dated 30 July 1724 (National Records of Scotland reference RH11/40/2 page 33), we asked you 8 questions about two cases which were heard that day. All the answers are given below.
In the first case:
What was the pursuer’s occupation?
He was a merchant.
Where did he live?
What item was worth four shillings?
A book – an octavo dealing with the controversy between the papists and protestants.
Who was ultimately blamed for the absence of this item?
Mr Thomas Mculloch, the minister of Bellie.
In the second case:
Where did John and Peter live?
John lived in Overkirk and Peter in Nether Buckie
How much did John pay Peter?
John paid Peter £36. 4s.
What was the payment for?
The payment was for the remainder of the price of a bargain of bear [barley].
Was Peter Taylor in court?
No, he was the defender and the record states The defender absent
Alex[ande]r Ranken merchant in Fochabers ag[ains]t Alex[ande]r Tod
in Upper Achinreath for four shillings starlin as the price
of a book borrowed by the defender from the pursuer, the book
being ane octavo, & treating upon contraversy tuixt the
papists & protestants defender p[rese]nt & confessing he bor-
rowed the book but that Mr Thomas Mculloch minister
of Bellie took the book out his house when he was from
John Boniman in Overkirk ag[ains]t peter Taylor in
Nether Buckie for thirtie six pound & four shilling as the
remainder of the price of a bargain of bear bought from
the pursuer by the defe[nde]r, The defender absent.
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