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History of the Queen's Park Football Club 1867 - 1917
Chapter XXXIX.—Commuting the Casualty over Hampden Park

It was thought advisable to redeem the casualty of superiority over the subjects at Hampden Park belonging to the club. No casualty could be demanded during the lifetime of Henry Erskine Gordon, Esq., of Aikenhead. The present superior, Mr. W. M. Buchan, had been seen by Mr. C. B. Miller, the secretary, on several occasions, and that gentleman had indicated his willingness to commute the casualty to a feu duty of 45 per annum, redeemable at any time at the option of the club at thirty years' purchase. The sub-committee appointed to deal with this matter were empowered to obtain expert advice on the subject. Mr. J. A. Craigie, advocate, was consulted, with the result that the committee decided that the superiority should be acquired by the club and converted into an annual feu duty. Although the club were proprietors of Hampden Park, there existed an untaxed casualty of superiority over certain lands in the district, including Hampden Park. It was desirable to acquire the casualty over the part of the ground owned by the club. Mr. Buchan, at first, demanded the redemption of the casualty over Hampden Park for a cash payment of 1,500 or a feu duty of 60, then 1,200 or a feu duty of 42, and duplication every nineteenth year, without giving the club the option of purchasing the feu duty at a capitalised value. After considerable negotiation, all was finally arranged on 26th September, 1905, and the sub-committee's ultimatum of 40 feu duty without duplication, and the option of purchase at any time at thirty years' purchase, was accepted. The feu duty of 40 was unaffected by either the death of Mr. H. E. Gordon, the proprietor, who had sold the ground to the Queen's Park, or by the Companies Acts, which provide that a corporation must pay casualties every twenty-five years. The memorandum of agreement between the club and the superior was duly signed, and the subcommittee thanked, and discharged.

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