HC Deb 06 March 1891 vol 351 c426
MR. CALDWELL (Glasgow, St. Rollox)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that a recent Fiar's Court for Wigtownshire fixed the supposed price for Bore (or Bear) for crop and year 1890, although this variety of barley has for a considerable period ceased to be grown in the county; whether it is lawful for the Fiar's Court to fix a price for Bere where no Bere is grown in the county; and whether the parish minister is entitled to claim the price of barley instead?


It is the case that a Court for Wigtownshire struck a price for Bere for the crop 1890, thus following the practice in that county for many years, with the exception of the year 1889. I am informed that the quantity of Bere grown in this county is very small, but that it is not known to have altogether ceased. The question of whether or not to include a product in the Fiar's prices appears to be one for the Jury, who return their verdict on the evidence or their own proper knowledge. If Bere is an inferior quality of barley, the minister would, I think, be entitled to claim the highest Fiars prices for that article.