Glasgow Corp v Taylor [1922] 1 A.C. 44 a decision of the House of Lords regarding occupiers' liability, and the doctrine of allurement.


Atropa bella-donna1

Atropa Belladonna

The claimant's son, a child seven years of age died after consumption of poisonous berries (namely atropa belladonna, also known as the devil's berry) in a public garden in Glasgow. The claimant brought an action against the owner of the garden Glasgow Corp.


It was held that the poisonous berries constituted an inherent, hidden (non obvious) danger and an allurement. The court also accepted that children are less careful than adults, it is therefore much more difficult to revoke a child's license even if they do traverse beyond the terms of the license.