Status details for Royal Burgh

Status:Royal Burgh
Number of units in system: 94
Geographical Level: 9 (Middle-level District)
ADL Feature Type:countries, 3rd order divisions
Is a status within:Scottish Burgh/District

Full Description:

Most royal burghs were sea ports, and each was either created by the crown, or upgraded, as it were, from another status, such as burgh of barony. Each royal burgh (with the exception of four 'ineffective burghs') was represented in the Scottish Parliament and could appoint magistrates with wide powers in civil and criminal justice. By 1707 there were 70 royal burghs. ((c) The Scottish Archives Network Ltd. All rights reserved 2000)