List of burghs in Scotland

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The small burgh of Falkland, Fife, created a royal burgh in 1458 and a police burgh in the 1890s

The following list includes all effective burghs in Scotland from the coming into force of the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act 1892, in 1893.[1] "Ineffective" burghs, which had not used legislation to adopt a "police system", take on local government duties and reform their town councils, were abolished on this date.

Burgh (pronounced burruh ) is the Scots term for a town or a municipality. It corresponds to the Scandinavian Borg and the English Borough.

Burghs are listed below under the name of the county to which they belonged. The county boundaries used are those effective for local government purposes from circa 1890 until 1975. During this period four burghs were also counties, or counties of cities

Counties of cities[edit]

These four burghs were redesignated as Counties of Cities in 1930

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Aberdeen royal burgh
(County of a City from 1899
- previously part of Aberdeenshire)[2]
1862 [note a] Royal burgh from 1124 One of the Aberdeen Burghs 1708 to 1832
Aberdeen burgh constituency 1832 to 1885
Dundee royal burgh
(County of a City from 1894
- previously in Forfarshire)[3]
1837 Royal burgh from 1191–1195 One of the Perth Burghs 1708 to 1832
Dundee burgh constituency 1832 to 1950
Edinburgh royal burgh
(County of a City from 13th century)[4]
1805 (by Private Act) Royal burgh from 1124–1127 Edinburgh burgh constituency 1708 to 1885
Glasgow royal burgh
(County of a City from 1893
- previously in Lanarkshire)[5]
1800 (by Private Act)[note b] Royal burgh 1611 One of the Clyde Burghs 1708 to 1832
Glasgow burgh constituency 1832 to 1885

Note a: ^ Royal Burgh of Aberdeen absorbed Aberdeenshire burghs of Old Aberdeen burgh (burgh of barony 1489, police burgh 1860), Woodside (police burgh 1860) in 1891.

Note b: ^ Royal Burgh of Glasgow absorbed the following Renfrewshire burghs in the years shown:

Aberdeenshire[edit]

Note: The royal burgh of Aberdeen was part of this county until 1900.

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Inverurie royal burgh 1867 Royal burgh 1558 One of the Elgin Burghs 1708 to 1918
Kintore royal burgh 1873 Royal burgh 1506-7 One of the Elgin Burghs 1708 to 1918
Ballater burgh 1891 None None
Ellon burgh 1893 Burgh of barony 1707 None
Fraserburgh burgh 1840 Burgh of barony 1546
Burgh of regality 1601
None
Huntly burgh 1834 Burgh of barony 1488
Burgh of regality 1684
None
Old Meldrum 1893 Burgh of barony 1671 None
Peterhead burgh 1860 Burgh of barony 1587
Parliamentary burgh 1832
One of the Elgin Burghs 1832 to 1918
Rattray N/A Royal burgh 1563 None
Rosehearty 1892 Burgh of barony 1681 None
Turriff burgh 1858 Burgh of barony 1512 None

Angus (also known as Forfarshire)[edit]

Note: The royal burgh of Dundee was part of this county until 1894.

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Arbroath royal burgh 1836 Royal burgh 1599 [or perhaps 1555, when Johne Lyne was a commissioner for "Abirbrothok" at a convention of the royal burghs of Scotland.[6] One of the Aberdeen Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Montrose Burghs 1832 to 1950
Brechin royal burgh 1893? Royal burgh status ratified 1641 One of the Aberdeen Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Montrose Burghs 1832 to 1950
Forfar royal burgh 1857 Created royal burgh c 1123 - 62 One of the Perth Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Montrose Burghs 1832 to 1950
Montrose royal burgh 1833 Created royal burgh by c 1124 - 53 One of the Aberdeen Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Montrose Burghs 1832 to 1950
Broughty Ferry burgh 1864–1913 ‡ None None
Carnoustie burgh 1889 None None
Kirriemuir burgh 1834 Burgh of barony 1459
Burgh of regality 1670
None
Monifieth burgh 1895 None None

‡ Absorbed by Dundee royal burgh 1913

Argyll[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Campbeltown royal burgh 1846 Royal burgh 1700
Previously burgh of barony 1667
One of the Ayr Burghs 1708 to 1832
Inveraray royal burgh 1833 Royal burgh 1648
Previously burgh of barony 1474
One of the Ayr Burghs 1708 to 1832
Dunoon burgh 1868 Burgh of barony 1835 None
Lochgilphead burgh 1858 None None
Oban burgh 1862 Burgh of barony 1820
Parliamentary burgh 1832
One of the Ayr Burghs 1832 to 1918
Tobermory burgh 1875 None None

Ayrshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Ayr royal burgh 1850 Created royal burgh c. 1203-6 One of the Ayr Burghs 1708 to 1950
Irvine royal burgh 1875 Royal burgh 1372 One of the Ayr Burghs 1708 to 1950
Ardrossan burgh 1865 Burgh of barony 1846 One of the Ayr Burghs 1918 to 1950
Cumnock and Holmhead burgh 1866 Cumnock created burgh of barony 1680 None
Darvel burgh 1873 None None
Galston burgh 1864 None None
Girvan burgh 1889 Burgh of barony 1668 None
Kilmarnock burgh 1847 Burgh of barony 1592
Parliamentary burgh 1832
One of the Kilmarnock Burghs 1832 to 1918
Kilwinning burgh 1889 None None
Largs burgh 1876 Burgh of barony 1595
(as Newton of Gogo, re-erected as Largs 1629)
None
Maybole burgh 1857 Burgh of barony 1516 None
Newmilns and Greenholm burgh 1834 Burgh of barony 1490
Burgh of regality 1707
None
Prestwick burgh 1903 Ancient burgh of barony dating from 10th century
Confirmed 1600
One of the Ayr Burghs 1918 to 1950
Saltcoats burgh 1885 Burgh of barony 1529
Confirmed 1586
One of the Ayr Burghs 1918 to 1950
Stevenston burgh 1952 None None
Stewarton burgh 1868 None None
Troon burgh 1896 None One of the Ayr Burghs 1918 to 1950

Banffshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Banff royal burgh 1840 Created royal burgh c. 1203-6 One of the Elgin Burghs 1708 to 1918
Cullen royal burgh 1870 Royal burgh 1372 One of the Elgin Burghs 1708 to 1918
Aberchirder burgh 1889 None None
Aberlour burgh 1894 Burgh of barony 1814 None
Buckie burgh 1888 None None
Dufftown burgh 1863 None None
Findochty burgh 1915 None None
Keith burgh 1889 None None
Macduff burgh 1853 Burgh of barony 1528 None
Portknockie burgh 1912 None None
Portsoy burgh 1889 Burgh of barony 1550 None

Berwickshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Lauder royal burgh 1875 Confirmed 1502 One of the Haddington Burghs 1708 to 1885
Coldstream burgh 1833 Burgh of barony 1621 None
Duns burgh 1842 Burgh of barony 1490 Noen
Eyemouth burgh 1866 Burgh of barony 1598 None

Buteshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Rothesay royal burgh 1846 Royal burgh 1401 One of the Ayr Burghs 1708 to 1832
Millport burgh 1864 None None

Caithness[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Wick royal burgh 1862 Royal burgh 1589 One of the Tain Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Wick Burghs 1832 to 1918
Thurso burgh 1841 Burgh of barony 1633 None

Clackmannanshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Alloa burgh 1854 Burgh of regality 1497,
rerected 1620
None
Alva burgh 1876 None None
Dollar burgh 1891 Burgh of regality 1702 None
Tillicoultry burgh 1871 Burgh of barony 1634 None

Dumfriesshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Annan royal burgh 1858 Royal burgh by 1532 One of the Dumfries Burghs 1708 to 1918
Dumfries royal burgh 1833 Royal burgh c 1186
Absorbed Maxwelltown burgh (Kirkcudbrightshire) in 1930
One of the Dumfries Burghs 1708 to 1918
Lochmaben royal burgh 1858 Confirmed 1612
Recognised as royal burgh by 1447
One of the Dumfries Burghs 1708 to 1918
Sanquhar royal burgh 1890 Royal burgh 1598
Originally burgh of barony 1484
One of the Dumfries Burghs 1708 to 1918
Langholm burgh 1845 Burgh of barony 1621
Burgh of regality 1687
None
Lockerbie burgh 1863 None None
Moffat burgh 1864 Burgh of regality 1648
Confirmed 1662
None

Dunbartonshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Dumbarton royal burgh 1833 Royal burgh by 1532 One of the Clyde Burghs 1708 to 1832,
of the Kilmarnock Burghs 1832 to 1918
and of the Dumbarton Burghs 1918 to 1950
Bearsden burgh 1958 None None
Clydebank burgh 1886 None One of the Dumbarton Burghs 1918 to 1950
Cove and Kilcreggan burgh 1865 None None
Cumbernauld burgh 1968 Burgh of barony 1649 - 1893 None
Helensburgh burgh 1846 Burgh of barony 1802 None
Kirkintilloch burgh 1836 Burgh of barony 1526 None
Milngavie burgh 1875 Burgh of regality 1648
Confirmed 1662
None

East Lothian (also known as Haddingtonshire)[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Dunbar royal burgh 1863 'Free' burgh 1370 One of the Haddington Burghs 1708 to 1885
Haddington royal burgh 1858 Created royal burgh c 1124 - 53 One of the Haddington Burghs 1708 to 1885
North Berwick royal burgh 1860 Royal burgh by 1425 One of the Haddington Burghs 1708 to 1885
Cockenzie and Port Seton burgh 1885 Burgh of barony (as Cockenzie) 1591
Burgh of regality (as Winton) 1686
None
East Linton burgh 1863 None None
Prestonpans burgh 1862 Burgh of barony 1552 None
Tranent burgh 1860 Burgh of barony 1542 None

Edinburghshire[edit]

See Midlothian

Elginshire[edit]

See Morayshire

Fife[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Anstruther Easter royal burgh 1841–1929 † Royal burgh 1583, previously burgh of barony 1572 One of the Anstruther Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the St Andrews Burghs 1832 to 1918
Anstruther Wester royal burgh 1893?–1929 † Royal burgh 1587, previously burgh of barony 1541 One of the Anstruther Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the St Andrews Burghs 1832 to 1918
Auchtermuchty royal burgh 1874 Royal burgh 1517 None
Burntisland royal burgh 1833 Royal burgh 1541 One of the Dysart Burghs 1708 to 1832
an of the Kirkcaldy Burghs 1832 to 1950
Crail royal burgh 1893? Royal burgh since 1198, chartered 1314 - 29 One of the Anstruther Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the St Andrews Burghs 1832 to 1918
Culross royal burgh 1893? Royal burgh 1592
Previously burgh of barony 1490
One of the Stirling Burghs 1708 to 1918
Cupar royal burgh 1834 Royal burgh by 1327 One of the Perth Burghs 1708 to 1832
Dunfermline royal burgh 1811 - by private act Royal burgh status restored 1594 One of the Stirling Burghs 1708 to 1918
and of the Dunfermline Burghs 1918 to 1950
Dysart royal burgh 1834–1930 ‡ Royal burgh 1587
Previously burgh of barony 1510
One of the Dysart Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Kirkcaldy Burghs 1832 to 1950
Earlsferry royal burgh 1893?–1929 † Royal burgh status confirmed 1589 None
Elie and Earlsferry royal burgh 1929 † Created 1929 from two burghs None
Falkland royal burgh 1893? Royal burgh 1458 None
Inverkeithing royal burgh 1892 Royal burgh 13th century One of the Stirling Burghs 1708 to 1918
and of the Dunfermline Burghs 1918 to 1950
Kilrenny royal burgh 1848–1929 † Royal burgh 1592, previously burgh of regality 1578 One of the Anstruther Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the St Andrews Burghs 1832 to 1918
Kilrenny, Anstruther Easter and Anstruther Wester royal burgh 1929 Created 1929 from three royal burghs None
Kincardine burgh Not adopted. Burgh abolished 1893 Burgh of barony 1663 None
Kinghorn royal burgh 1833 Royal burgh 12th century One of the Dysart Burghs 1708 to 1832 and of the Kirkcaldy Burghs 1832 to 1950
Kirkcaldy royal burgh 1811 (by private act) Royal burgh 1644
Previously ecclesiastical burgh
Absorbed Dysart royal burgh 1930
One of the Dysart Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Kirkcaldy Burghs 1832 to 1950
Newburgh royal burgh 1850s Royal burgh 1631, previously burgh of regality 1600 None
Pittenweem royal burgh 1842 Royal burgh 1541, burgh of barony 1526 One of the Anstruther Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the St Andrews Burghs 1832 to 1918
St Andrews royal burgh 1893? Royal burgh 1620
Previously burgh of regality 1614
and ecclesiastical burgh (12th century)
One of the Perth Burghs 1708 to 1832
Buckhaven and Methil burgh 1891 Buckhaven burgh of barony 1662, did not endure One of the Kirkcaldy Burghs 1918 to 1950
Cowdenbeath burgh 1890 None One of the Dunfermline Burghs 1918 to 1950
Elie burgh 1865–1929 † Burgh of barony 1599 None
Ladybank burgh 1877 None None
Leslie burgh 1865 Burgh of barony (as Leslie Green) 1458 None
Leven burgh 1867 Burgh of barony 1609 None
Lochgelly burgh 1876 None One of the Dunfermline Burghs 1918 to 1950
Markinch burgh 1891 Burgh of barony 1673 None
Newport-on-Tay burgh 1887 None None
St. Monance burgh 1933 Burgh of barony 1596 None
Tayport burgh 1887 Burgh of barony (as Ferry-Port on Craig)1599
Burgh of regality (as Ferry-Port on Craig)1725
None

† Burghs merged 1929

‡ Dysart absorbed by Kircaldy royal burgh 1930

Forfarshire[edit]

See Angus

Haddingtonshire[edit]

See East Lothian

Inverness-shire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Inverness royal burgh 1862 Created royal burgh c 1130 - 53 One of the Inverness Burghs 1708 to 1918
Fort William burgh 1875 Burgh of barony as Gordonsburgh 1618 None
Kingussie burgh 1867 Burgh of barony 1464 None

Kincardineshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Inverbervie royal burgh 1893? Royal burgh by 1341 One of the Aberdeen Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Montrose Burghs 1832 to 1950
Banchory burgh 1885 May have been a burgh of barony 1805 None
Laurencekirk burgh 1889 Burgh of barony 1779 None
Stonehaven burgh 1889 Burgh of barony 1587 None

Kinross-shire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Kinross burgh 1864 Burgh of barony 1541
Burgh of regality 1685
None

Kirkcudbrightshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Kirkcudbright royal burgh 1893? Royal burgh 1445 One of the Dumfries Burghs 1708 to 1918
New Galloway royal burgh 1892 Royal burgh 1630 One of the Wigtown Burghs 1708 to 1918
Castle Douglas burgh 1862 Burgh of barony 1791 None
Dalbeattie burgh 1858 None None
Gatehouse of Fleet burgh 1852 Burgh of barony 1795 None
Maxwelltown burgh 1833–1931 † Burgh of barony 1810 None

† Maxwelltown burgh was absorbed by Dumfries royal burgh 1931.

Lanarkshire[edit]

Note: The royal burgh of Glasgow was part of the county until 1893.

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Lanark royal burgh 1855 Created royal burgh 1153 - 59 One of the Linlithgow Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Falkirk Burghs 1832 to 1918
Rutherglen royal burgh 1863 Created royal burgh 1124 -53 One of the Clyde Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Kilmarnock Burghs 1832 to 1918
Airdrie burgh 1849 Burgh of barony 1821
Parliamentary burgh 1832
One of the Falkirk Burghs 1832 to 1918
Biggar burgh 1863 Burgh of barony 1451 None
Bishopbriggs burgh 1964 None None
Coatbridge burgh 1885 Created burgh by private act 1885 None
East Kilbride burgh 1963 None None
Hamilton burgh 1857 Burgh of regality 1669 One of the Falkirk Burghs 1832 to 1918
Hillhead burgh 1869–1891 Absorbed by Glasgow royal burgh 1891 None
Kinning Park burgh 1871–1905 Absorbed by Glasgow royal burgh 1905 None
Maryhill burgh 1856–1891 Absorbed by Glasgow royal burgh 1891 None
Motherwell and Wishaw burgh 1920 Formed 1920 from two burghs None
Motherwell burgh 1865–1920 † None None
Partick burgh 1852–1912 Absorbed by Glasgow royal burgh 1912 None
Wishaw burgh 1855–1920 † None None

† Burghs merged 1920

Linlithgowshire[edit]

See West Lothian

Midlothian (also known as Edinburghshire)[edit]

Note: The royal burgh of Edinburgh and its liberties formed a separate county of itself from the thirteenth century.

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Bonnyrigg and Lasswade burgh 1930 Formed 1930 from two burghs None
Bonnyrigg burgh 1865–1920 † None None
Dalkeith burgh 1878 Burgh of barony 1401
Burgh of regality 1540
None
Lasswade burgh 1881–1920 † None None
Leith burgh 1862–1920 ‡ Burgh of barony 1636
Parliamentary burgh 1832
One of the Leith Burghs 1832 to 1918
Loanhead burgh 1884 Burgh of barony 1669 None
Musselburgh burgh 1849 Burgh of regality 1562
Parliamentary burgh 1832
One of the Leith Burghs 1832 to 1918
Penicuik burgh 1866 None None
Portobello burgh 1850–1896 ‡ Parliamentary burgh 1832 One of the Leith Burghs 1832 to 1918

† Burghs merged 1920

‡ Burghs absorbed by Edinburgh royal burgh in years shown (Portobello continued, however, as a separate parliamentary burgh until 1918)

Morayshire (also known as Elginshire)[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Elgin royal burgh 1833 Royal burgh status confirmed 1457 One of the Elgin Burghs 1708 to 1918
Forres royal burgh 1836 Re-erected as royal burgh 1496 One of the Inverness Burghs 1708 to 1918
Burghead burgh 1900 None None
Grantown-on-Spey burgh 1898 Burgh of regality 1694 None
Lossiemouth and Branderburgh burgh 1890 None None
Rothes burgh 1884 None None

Nairnshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Nairn royal burgh 1841 Royal burgh status regained 1476 One of the Inverness Burghs 1708 to 1918

Orkney[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Kirkwall royal burgh 1838 Royal burgh 1486 One of the Tain Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Wick Burghs 1832 to 1918
Stromness burgh 1856 Burgh of barony 1817 None

Peeblesshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Peebles royal burgh 1864 Royal burgh c. 1153 One of the Linlithgow Burghs 1707 to 1832
Innerleithen burgh 1868 None None

Perthshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Auchterarder royal burgh 1894 Reinstated as royal burgh 1951 None
Perth royal burgh 1865 Royal burgh c. 1124 - 1127 One of the Perth Burghs 1708 to 1832
Perth burgh constituency 1832 to 1950
Aberfeldy burgh 1887 None None
Abernethy burgh 1877 Burgh of barony 1459 None
Alyth burgh 1834 Burgh of barony 1488 None
Blairgowrie and Rattray burgh 1930 Formed 1930 from two burghs None
Blairgowrie burgh 1833–1930 † Burgh of barony 1634 None
Callander burgh 1866 None None
Coupar Angus burgh 1852 Burgh of barony 1607 None
Crieff burgh 1864 None None
Doune burgh 1890 None None
Dunblane burgh 1870 Burgh of regality 1442 None
Pitlochry burgh 1947 None None
Rattray burgh 1877–1930 † None None

† Burghs merged 1930

Renfrewshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Renfrew royal burgh 1855 Royal burgh status 1397 One of the Clyde Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Kilmarnock Burghs 1832 to 1918
Barrhead burgh 1894 None None
Crawfurdsdyke burgh adopted into Greenock 1840 Burgh of barony 1642 None
Gourock burgh 1858 Burgh of barony 1694 None
Govan burgh 1864–1912 † Burgh of barony 1607 None
Greenock burgh 1840 Burgh of barony 1635
Parliamentary burgh 1832
None
Johnstone burgh 1857 None None
Paisley burgh 1806 (Private Act) Burgh of barony 1488
Burgh of regality 1587
None
Pollokshaws burgh 1858–1912 † Burgh of barony 1813 None
Port Glasgow burgh 1800 (Private Act) Burgh of barony 1668 One of the Kilmarnock Burghs 1832 to 1918

† Burghs absorbed by Glasgow royal burgh on dates shown

Ross and Cromarty (Ross-shire and Cromartyshire)[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Dingwall royal burgh 1834 Royal burgh 1498 One of the Tain Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Wick Burghs 1832 to 1918
Fortrose royal burgh 1867 Union of Rosemarkie and Fortrose royal burghs 1661 One of the Inverness Burghs 1708 to 1918
Tain royal burgh 1854 Royal burgh 1439 One of the Tain Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Wick Burghs 1832 to 1918
Cromarty burgh 1848 Burgh of barony 1685
Parliamentary burgh 1832
One of the Wick Burghs 1832 to 1918
Invergordon burgh 1864 Burgh of barony 1694 None
Stornoway burgh 1863 Burgh of barony 1607 None

Roxburghshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Jedburgh royal burgh 1847 Royal burgh status restored by 1424 One of the Haddington Burghs 1708 to 1885
Hawick burgh 1845 Burgh of barony 1511, burgh of regality 1669 One of the Hawick Burghs 1868 to 1918
Kelso burgh 1838 Burgh of barony 1614[7] None
Melrose burgh 1895 Burgh of barony 1605
Burgh of regality 1620
None

Selkirkshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Selkirk royal burgh 1863 Royal burgh by 1328 One of the Linlithgow Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Hawick Burghs 1868 to 1918
Galashiels burgh 1850 Burgh of barony 1599 One of the Hawick Burghs 1868 to 1918

Stirlingshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Stirling royal burgh 1857 Created royal burgh c 1124 - 1127 One of the Stirling Burghs 1707 to 1918
and of the Stirling and Falkirk Burghs 1918 to 1950
Bridge of Allan burgh 1870 None None
Denny and Dunipace burgh 1877 None
Falkirk burgh 1859 Burgh of barony 1600
Burgh of regality 1646
Parliamentary burgh 1832
One of the Falkirk Burghs 1832 to 1918
and of the Stirling and Falkirk Burghs 1918 to 1950
Grangemouth burgh 1872 None One of the Stirling and Falkirk Burghs 1918 to 1950
Kilsyth burgh 1878 Burgh of barony 1620 None

Sutherland[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Dornoch royal burgh 1891 Royal burgh 1628 One of the Tain Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Wick Burghs 1832 to 1918

West Lothian (also known as Linlithgowshire)[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Linlithgow royal burgh 1866 Royal burgh from c. 1138 One of the Linlithgow Burghs 1708 to 1832
and of the Falkirk Burghs 1832 to 1918
Queensferry royal burgh 1882 Royal burgh 1636 One of the Stirling Burghs 1708 to 1918
Armadale burgh 1864 None None
Bathgate burgh 1865 Burgh of barony 1663 None
Bo'ness burgh 1883 Burgh of regality 1668 None
Whitburn burgh 1861 None None

Wigtownshire[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Stranraer royal burgh 1848 Royal burgh 1617 One of the Wigtown Burghs 1708 to 1885
Whithorn royal burgh 1873 Royal burgh 1511 One of the Wigtown Burghs 1708 to 1885
Wigtown royal burgh 1893 ? Royal burgh 1469 One of the Wigtown Burghs 1708 to 1885
Newton Stewart burgh 1861 Burgh of barony 1677 None

Zetland[edit]

Burgh Date of adoption
of police system
Earlier burghal history Post Union
parliamentary burgh status
Lerwick burgh 1833 Burgh of barony 1818 None

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1892 c.55
  2. ^ Aberdeen Corporation Act 1899 c.lx "An Act to provide for the constitution of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen as a County of a City, to authorise the Lord Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of the said City and Burgh, to execute sewage works; and for other purposes"
  3. ^ Dundee Corporation Act 1894 c.lxxiv "An Act to provide for the constitution of the City and Royal Burgh of Dundee as a County of a City and to confer various powers on the Lord Provost Magistrates and Town Council for affording greater facilities for transacting the public business of the said City and Burgh and for other purposes"
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, ed. (1846). "Edinburgh". A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. British History Online. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  5. ^ County of the City of Glasgow Act 1893 c.clxxxviii
  6. ^ "Records of the Convention of the Royal Burghs of Scotland with Extracts from Other Records Relating to the Affairs of the Burghs of Scotland. 1295-1597," p. 10, William Paterson, Edinburgh (1866)
  7. ^ In 1936 Lord Lyon allowed Kelso to matriculate arms based on the seal of the Royal Burgh of Roxburgh or "Old Roxburgh" which had ceased to exist on the destruction of Roxburgh Castle in 1460. Kelso included part of the former royal burgh.Urquhart, R M (1973). Scottish Burgh and County Heraldry. London: Heraldry Today. pp. 238–239. ISBN 0-900455-24-1. 

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