Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Burgh records

The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) holds a variety of records relating to burghs. The earliest burghs date from the reign of David I (1124-53). He introduced feudal tenure into Scotland and encouraged the growth of towns as a means of fostering trade and increasing crown revenues. The burgh’s privileges and obligations, including trading privileges and the right to hold markets, were enshrined in a charter granted by the king or other feudal superior. In return for their privileges, royal burghs made annual payments to the crown of the rents of burgh properties and the customs of trade. Later this became a fixed annual sum. Any surplus money was paid into the ‘common good fund’ for the benefit of the burgh. for more click here

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