Muir v City of Glasgow Bank: HL 1878

The bank had failed as the result of a fraud perpertrated by its directors. The liability of the members was unlimited. Lord President Inglis said: ‘Persons becoming partners of a joint stock company, such as the Western Bank, and being registered as such, cannot escape from the full liabilities of partners either in a question with creditors of the company or in the way of relief to their copartners, by reason of the fact that they hold their stock of the company in trust for others, and are described as trustees in the register of partners and the other books and papers of the company.’


Lord President Inglis


(1878) 6 R 392



Cited by:

AppliedElliot v Mackie and Sons Ltd; Elliot v Whyte 1935
Executors of the deceased founder of the company had executed transfers of shares in favour of two of their number and a third party to qualify them as directors of the company under the articles, the trustees and executors wanting adequate . .
MentionedFarstad Supply As v Enviroco Ltd SC 6-Apr-2011
The court was asked by the parties to a charterparty whether one of them is an ‘Affiliate’ of the charterer for the purposes of provisions in a charterparty by which both the owner and the charterer agreed to indemnify and hold each other harmless . .
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Updated: 15 May 2022; Ref: scu.432931