The History of Leith

May 15, 2008

Incorporations

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In the early medieval period Scotland’s towns or burghs were independent self-governing communities. Each had a charter issued by the Crown, a bishop or a great baron. Their charters listed their rights and privileges. Burghs were made to encourage trade and they were given freedom to exploit wide territories. In such a position it was natural that a burgh’s merchants became richer than the rest of the citizens. They were often organised as a guild, so their power grew even stronger. for more click here

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