Status details for Police Burgh

Status:Police Burgh
Number of units in system: 219
Geographical Level: 9 (Middle-level District)
ADL Feature Type:countries, 3rd order divisions
Is a status within:Scottish Burgh/District

Full Description:

Police burghs were towns which adopted local or national acts of Parliament to adopt an elected town council, which was responsible for policing, paving, lighting and cleansing. Between 1900 and 1975 over 100 police burghs were created. Some were existing royal burghs and burghs of barony or regality. Others were new creations - growing towns which wanted to control industrial pollution, crime and so on. ((c) The Scottish Archives Network Ltd. All rights reserved 2000)