AUGMENTATION, PROCESS OF, in Scotch law, is an action in the court of teinds (q.v.) by the minister of a parish against the titular, or beneficiary, and heritors, for the purpose of procuring an increase to his stipend. The moderator and clerk of the _pres bytery to which the minister belongs must also lie called as parties. By 48 Geo. III. c. 133, it is enacted that no A. shall be granted till the expiration of 15 years from any A. previous to the net, nor till the expiration of 20 years from any A. subsequent to the act. A period of 20 years must thus elapse between each augmentation. The amount of the A. is fixed, or modified, as it is termed, in grain or victual; the stipend itself being paid in money, according to the liars' prices (q.v.) of each year.. In addition to the ascertain ment or modification of a suitable stipend, regard being had to the state of the winds, the extent of the parish, the expense of living, and the like—a process of A. has the fur ther object in view of locating the stipend so moditied—i.e., of assigning it in due pro portions to the heritors or other parties in possession of the tithes. This latter object is
attended by means of what is called a scheme of locality—i.e., an allotment of the stipend modified to the several parties liable therefor. This scheme is prepared at the instance of the second junior lord ordinary (q.v.), on a remit from the teind court. The last conclusion in a summons of A. is for a suitable sum, or increase to the sum already allowed, for communion elements—i.e., for bread, wine. and other necessaries for cele brating the sacrament of the Lord's supper- after the Presbyterian fashion. When there is not a sufficient amount of wind to bring the stipend of the minister up to .C150 per annum,. with A:8 6s. 8d. for communion elements, it is provided by 50 Geo. III. c. 84, and 5 Geo. IV. c. 72, that the residue shall be paid by the exchequer. In addition to their stipend, ministers have right to a manse and glebe. or a provision of £50 annually in lieu of them. SCC STIPEND, GLEBE, MANSE; see also PARLIAMENTARY Ciumen.