SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 1912
FIFE CASES ARE HEARD
AT SITTING OF SCOTTISH LAND COURT
The Scottish Land Court sat yesterday in the Court Chambers, 1 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh, when three applications to fix a first fair rent was heard. The Bench were Lord Kennedy and Messrs Alexander Dewar, E E Morrison, and Norman Reid.
The first applicant was Alexander Watt, Cairneyhill, Carnock, the respondent being Mrs Margaret Christie. The rent was given as £7.
Examined by Mr William Balfour, SSC, Watt said he entered the place ten years ago last month. He found they had been keeping hens in the house. He had effected numerous repairs on the property.
Cross-examined – He had made an offer of £250 for the house, but latterly had backed out of this offer. His application was for the purpose of getting the rent as low as possible.
John Robertson, Cairneyhill, said he was of opinion that the structures put up by the tenant were of less value than the dwelling house. A rent of £7 was a very reasonable rent. Another £1 could be got for it easily.
The second case was that of Mrs Janet Thomson or Rennie, also residing at Cairneyhill, Carnock, the respondent being the Rev P C Duncanson. The rent given was £8, the holding extending to an acre and three-quarters. It was stated that applicant’s husband had been the tenant for twenty-one years past.
In the last case, Thomas Fotheringham was applicant, the respondents being the Rev P C Duncanson, William Paterson, Wm Fotheringham, sen., and Wm Fotheringham, jun. The prices of land in question were rented at £12 2s, £2, £9 10s and £5 respectively.
The Court announced that they would make their first inspection on the 27th of this month if the weather permitted.
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