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CodeNA6767
Dates1236-1975
Person NameRoyal Burgh of Musselburgh; 1236-1975
ActivityMusselburgh was a burgh of regality in origin and formed part of a grant by David I in favour of the monks of Dunfermline of the manor of Great Inveresk which was confirmed in 1236. Following the Reformation, the regality passed to John Maitland, Lord Thirlestane, whose descendants the Earls and Dukes of Lauderdale retained possession of Musselburgh until 1709 (or at least the superiority), when it was purchased by the Duchess of Monmouth and Buccleuch.
The term 'The Honest Toun' is thought to derive from the tribute paid to the town by Donald, Earl of Mar, Regent of Scotland in 1332 fro the care of Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray, who died at Musselburgh on 20th July 1332.
In 1632 Musselburgh was erected into a royal burgh although parliamentary representation was withheld from the burgh until the Reform Act of 1833.
In the 19th century Mussselburgh was governed by a provost, 3 baillies, a treasurer and 7 councillors, who were also commissioners of police and harbour and the water trust.
After 1833, Musselburgh united with Leith, Portobello and NEwhaven to return one MP to the British parliament.
Musselburgh is situated in Inveresk Parish, East Lothian. National Grid Reference NT3472
A town, until 1975 in the county of Midlothian, created a parliamentary burgh in 1833, and a police burgh in 1849. A small burgh from 1930 until 1975. Burghal status was dissolved under Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and the town became part of East Lothian Council in 1993.
Corporate NameRoyal Burgh of Musselburgh
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