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John Grant and Elaine E. Sutherland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860677

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860677.001.0001

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Folly, Guilt and more Folly

Folly, Guilt and more Folly

The McCaig Cases

(p.153) Chapter 9 Folly, Guilt and more Folly
Scots Law Tales

Robert Rennie

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the estate cases of the McCaig siblings, John Stuart and Catherine. The cases reported between 1905 and 1907 were brought by Catherine McCaig against the University Court of the University of Glasgow, who were the sole trustees under a will by her brother, John Stuart McCaig. Catherine sought to challenge the provisions of her brother's will on the grounds that these provisions were vague and uncertain and did not convey any beneficial interest to an individual person, a body of persons, or the general public. It is one of the oddities of these cases that Catherine McCaig's own testamentary disposition contained very similar provisions which were also challenged on her death on the same grounds.

Keywords:   estate cases, McCaig siblings, University Court of the University of Glasgow, beneficial interest, testamentary disposition, John Stuart McCaig, Catherine McCaig

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