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Chap: 1.-Ranking of Creditors . . . . 356

Sect. 1. Privileged Debts

ib.

2. General Rules applicable to Securities .

358

3. Order of Securities on the Moveable Estate . 359

4. Order of Securities on the Heritable Estate

. 360

5. Compensating and Joint and Cross Obligations.

362

6. Ranking on the Estates of Companies and Partners 364

7. Ranking of Deceased's Creditors against his Repre-

sentatives . .

365

CHAP. II.-Simple Insolvency and Notour Bankruptcy .

Sect. 1. Introductory Notice .

ib.

2. Insolvency

.

.

.

.

. . 367

3. Bankruptcy . . .

4. Gratuitous and Fraudulent Deeds by Insolvents

368

5. Fraudulent Preferences under Act 1621

370

6. Fraudulent Preferences under the Act 1696 . 371

Chap. III.—Mercantile Sequestration . . . 373

Sect. 1. Introduction .

ib.

2. Persons against whose Estates Sequestration may be

awarded

. 375

3. Applications for Sequestration, Awarding, Procedure for

rendering effectual, and Recall

. 377

4. The Creditors as a Body: their Affidavits, Qualifications,

Meetings, Votes, &c. .

.

381

5. Election and Confirmation of Interim-Factor and Trustee 385

6. Powers and Duties of the Interim-Factor or Sheriff-Clerk 388

7. The Commissioners . . . . 389

8. Powers and Duties of the Trustee . . ib.

9. The Bankrupt ; his Personal Protection, Allowance, Ex-

amination, and Discharge

. 393

10. Vesting and Recovery of the Estate, and Competition

with other Rights . .

. 398

11. Disposal of the Property, and Questions with Individual

Creditors having a Right to Sell .

401

12. Declaration of Dividend and Ranking of the Creditors 403

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THERE is a material difference between the old Scottish acts and those of the British parliament since the Union, both in their nature and their authority, and they require separate consideration.

Scottish Acts.—The era at which the acts of the Scottish parliament, still in force as statutes, commence, does not go so far back as the debatable periods in the history of Scottish legislation. Acts of parliament were undoubtedly passed long anterior to the date of any statutes which are now in force, or have been cited as authority by any of our institutional writers. The earlier parliaments acted as a great assize or high court of justice, and the proceedings on questions of private right were mixed up with those on public polity. But so early as the commencement of the fourteenth century, records of proceedings have been preserved which have every title to be considered acts of parliament, in as far as they embody the resolutions of the Estates of the realm in parliament assembled regarding matters of general law and public polity; while there is every reason to believe that

· Soe Mr Innes’s Preface to the first volume of the collected edition of the Acts of Parliament of Scotland.

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