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Decreet absolvitor: [Alexander] Kerr of Meanie [Menie] and [Patrick] Smith [of Inveramsay] against Captain Robert Seton [Seaton]

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS E239


Book: extract from records of the Lower Parliament concerning dispute over lands.


  • 1726 - 1757


Language of Materials

English, some Scots

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1 volume (1 item) : Binding: Dark brown suede [sheep?] over cardboard; blind double rules on both boards; 5 raised bands. Pagination: pages [i-iv] (both leaves conjugate with paste-down endpapers); [l] 2-472 [-476]; [v-viii] (both conjugate with paste-down endpapers). Material: Paper. Binding Title: square white paper label on front board, informally scribbled on and now fairly illegible: "Decreet Absolvitor Ker ... Smith Agt...on 1726".

Scope and Contents

Mr. Thomas Gibson, one of the principall Clerks of Session [p. 472] signs each page. Title [p.1]: Decreet Absolvitor Kerr of Menie and Smith Against Captain Robert Seaton 1726. Laid In:"Index to the Decreet at Captain Setons Instance agt Ker of Meanie." pages 1-1:, 9-11 of a precis of the manuscript in another hand. Docketed: "Index to the Decreet at Captain Setons instance agt Ker of Meanie, 1753." To it is added in a fourthhand "Memorandums" concerning the case dated as late as 1757. With stub (fragment of legal correspondence) to which these pages were pasted: 3 pieces in all.

Physical Location

MS E239

Custodial History

Bookplate on p, [i]:"A.J. Mitchell-Gill, F.S.A. Scot, of Savock" (heraldic).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

John Grant, Edinburgh, 1978


William Seaton of Udny, Aberdeenshire, purchased the lands of Menie in 1623. In 1715 Robert Seaton of Scotsmiln, a grandson of William, was recognized as heir to another grandson, James Seaton of Menie, and granted a bond to Sir William Seaton of Pitmedden who recognised him as heir to his grandfather. Robert passed on this right to his son Captain Robert Seaton. In 1719 Captain Robert brought a process of reduction [anullity] and improbation against Alexander Ker of Menie and Patrick Smith of Inveramsay, the wadsetters [mortgage-holders] of the lands of Meanie; the wadsetters in defense, attacked his title. This led to a long series of legal processes; the final judgements of the Lords of Council and Sessions in 1726 seem to renounce both Seton's title and the wadset valid.

Guide to the Scotland, Court of Session Collection
Decreet absolvitor: [Alexander] Kerr of Meanie [Menie] and [Patrick] Smith [of Inveramsay] against Captain Robert Seton [Seaton]
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1978; revised by ksc, 2005. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Scotland, Court of Session Collection, Department of Special Collections, MS E239, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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