Status details for Burgh of Barony

Status:Burgh of Barony
Number of units in system: 346
Geographical Level: 9 (Middle-level District)
ADL Feature Type:countries, 3rd order divisions
Is a status within:Scottish Burgh/District

Full Description:

These were burghs granted by the crown to a secular or ecclesiastical landowner. A burgh of barony was granted to a tenant-in-chief, a landowner who held his estates directly from the crown. Over 300 burghs of barony or regality were created between 1450 and 1707, but many did not survive for long, and many others were 'parchment burghs' (burghs erected by landowners, which never developed into the market towns they hoped for). ((c) The Scottish Archives Network Ltd. All rights reserved 2000)