Their eldest son succeeded to the title of Caprington, and transmitted the estates to his ion, Sir William Cunyngham, fourth baronet of Caprington, at whose death, in 1829, the line of the eldest son of the marriage be tween Sir William Cunyngham and Janet Dick determined.

The patent to the baronetcy of Prestonfield, and the entail of that estate (which was in favour of heirs-male), were so conceived as to exclude from the succession the eldest son who succeeded to Caprington.

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The Lyon's reason is, because, by an express letter of his Majesty's, none underl the dignity of a Lord must use supporters. Mr Murray presented bill of advocation, which was past.

ABOUT the same time, in June, 1673, I heard of a process some Barons and Gentlemen had intended against my Lord Lyon, to hear and see it found and declared that he had done wrong in refusing to give them forth their coats of arms with supporters, whereof they and their predecessors had been in possession past all memory, and never quarrelled till now; and, therefore, that he might be decerned to immatriculate them so in his register, and give them forth an extract; conform, as is provided by the late act of Parliament in 1672. A summons before the Lyon Court having been brought at the instance of Procurator-Fiscal against Murray of Touchadam, concluding for payment of the statutory penalty for wearing arms though not matriculated, and for confiscation of the moveables upon which they were engraved; the Lyon Court gave decreet in terms of the libel.

By taking a higher rent himself, he exercised the right of an unlimited proprietor; but did nothing which was inconsistent with his intention of circumscribing the powers of his successors. In the case of Murray it was found that the Lyon's jurisdiction was not privative, and this implies that the Court of Session has such a jurisdiction; that a question of this nature, while depending in the Lyon Court, may be brought here by advocation, or, after the thing is done, by reduction; and this I hold to be a well-founded doctrine.

The surplus rent, which he himself stipulated, may no doubt be levied by the Pursuer; but were he to renew the current leases, without confining the rent of the whole estate to £.1000, as he would then, by a voluntary act of his own, be violating the terms of the entail he would be guilty of an act of contravention. After a good deal of reasoning, the Court came to be of opinion, That the clause was to be held as discharged by the entailer, rebus ipsis et factis. We ought therefore to repel the defence so far as founded on defect of jurisdiction, and remit to the Ordinary [Lyon] to hear on the objections to the title and libel.

the state of the register of the Lyon-office, as set forth by the Procurator-fiscal himself, finds, That the said register affords not sufficient evidence as to what armorial bearings have been matriculated by the Lyon, and what not:1mo, Because the register is so framed that any chasms therein cannot ex facie be discerned ; 2do, Because it is admitted that the armorial bearings of certain persons matriculated did not appear. That the act 1672 neither made the jurisdiction of the Lyon Court privative, nor took away the power of reviewing all the proceedings of the Lord Lyon; 3.

therein till of late: that the present Lord Lyon has become more attentive to the duties of his office than his predecessors ; and, therefore, finds, That it is not proved whether the armorial bearings of. That, at all events, this Court undoubtedly had jurisdiction in all competitions of arms, as they in reality raised questions of patrimonial interest. The question taken to report is merely in regard to the jurisdiction of this Court, in determining which it is necessary to consider the nature of the Lord Lyon's powers.

In reasoning, the Lords made a distinction betwixt a right to wear arms and matriculation. His power to new armorial bearings is merely discretionary and ministerial, and with that this Court cannot interfere.

in the first, immemorial possession would presume a grant even from the Sovereign himself to wear them; and many families in Scotland had right to arms before the Act 1592 ; so did not derive right to wear them from the Lyon in virtue of that Act of Parliament. George Moir, in 1787, executed an entail of the estate of Leckie, with strict irritant and resolutive clauses. But if the Lord Lyon should grant to one person arms which another is entitled to bear, and should refuse to give redress, there could be no doubt of the jurisdiction of this Court to entertain an action at the instance of the party to have his right declared, as this would involve a question of property, which a right to bear particular ensigns armorial undoubtedly is.

were in public possession of a coat armorial in 15, long prior to the Act of Parliament 1592: finds that this public possession has been continued in the family of the Murrays of Touchadam unto the present times, with respect to charge, as well as with respect to field: finds, that it must be presumed, since no evidence is offered to the contrary, that the colours of field and charge were the same anciently as now: finds it proved, by the evidence produced, or referred to, and not contradicted, that, ever since the year 1660, the family of Murray of Touchadam has been wont to give or bear the supporters, crest, and device which the said William Murray now gives or bears: finds, that such long possession infers an antecedent right, or excludes all challenge on account of defect of such antecedent right : finds,that although the Procurator-fiscal has been called upon, by an interlocutor of the Ordinary, specially to set forth whether it is proposed to matriculate the arms of William Murray of Touchadam as of one entitled to bear arms on matriculation, or to give arms to him as a well-deserving person, in terms of the Act 1672; and of the former, is proposed, what are the arms which Murray of Touchadam ought to bear on matriculation ;yet that he refuses to make any answer to this question, which is plain, and can be answered by any one, versant in the science of heraldry : Therefore, and upon the whole, finds, That the representative of the family of Touchadam was entitled to be matriculated, in terms of the statute 15, for the armorial bearings whereof William Murray of Touchadam, raiser of the advocation, is in possession. It was pleaded in limine that the action was incompetent before the Court. Lyon), before answer as to the pursuer's title, made avizandum with the cause to the Lords of the Second Division of the Court, and ordained parties' procurators to prepare informations thereon as to the competency of the action in this Court." Informations were accordingly lodged, in which the pursuer pleaded, 1.