(596)  CULLED FROM THE COURTS: DREICH HOOSE IN DREGHORN?  

CULLED FROM THE COURTS: DREICH HOOSE IN DREGHORN?  

Thanks to our literary critic Gillian Black for the following learned reference from the dreich hoose beside St Giles’ kirk in Edinburgh, per Lord Glennie on 13 September 2006:

The action concerns title to a property at 57 Main Street, Dreghorn (the subjects), which was valued by the pursuer, when this action began in 1996, at something over £50,000. The pursuer is the father of the first defender and they have been fighting over the title to the subjects in a series of six actions since the mid 1970s. The present action, the latest of those six, has already been to the Inner House on three occasions. In an Opinion delivered in January 1994, in the third of the actions between the parties, Lord Maclean observed that this family battle between father and son bore some resemblance to a version of Bleak House. Events since then have done nothing to invalidate that comparison. However, there is one difference, which Dickens could not have anticipated: both the pursuer and the first defender are legally aided, and this family dispute is, therefore, in the first instance at least, being conducted at the public expense.This Scottish Jarndyce v Jarndyce is Robert Bain v Andrew Bain:  http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/2006CSOH142.html .  Whatever happened to case management and/or mediation?  We assume that the Dreghorn in issue is the one in Ayrshire rather than Edinburgh, but the opinion leaves us unclear on this.  Finally, let’s keep it Scottish and remember the guid-gangand plea of Peebles v Plainstanes (see Scott’s Redgauntlet) when making literary references in our opinions.

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