The History of Leith

July 10, 2012

Burgh of barony

A burgh of barony is a type of Scottish town (burgh).

They were distinct from royal burghs as the title was granted to a tenant-in-chief, a landowner who held his estates directly from the crown. (In distinction, burghs of regality were granted to “lords of regality”, leading noblemen, and had wider civil and criminal law powers). They were created between 1450 and 1846, and conferred upon the landowner varying trading rights (for example the right to hold weekly markets or to trade overseas). In practice very few burghs of barony developed into market towns. for more click here

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