Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Adam Smith and the Incorporations in 1833

Adam White was the first Provost of Leith after the passing of the Burgh Reform Bill in 1833 ; and it is now governed by a chief magistrate, four bailies, ten councillors, a treasurer, town clerk, and two joint assessors. Powers have since then been conferred upon the Provost of Leith as admiral, and the bailies as admirals-depute. There are in the town four principal corporations — the Ship-masters, the Traffickers, the Malt-men, and the Trades. The Traffickers, or Merchant Company, have lost their charter, and are merely a benefit society, without the power of compelling entries; and the Shipmasters, ordinarily called the Trinity House, will be noticed in connection with that institution.

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