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CodeNA7949
Dates1901-1975
Person NameEllon Town Council; 1901-1975
ActivityEllon was the ancient capital of Buchan in Pictish times and in the Middle Ages, under the Comyn Earls of Buchan, the centre of the civil and judicial life of the province. It was created a Burgh of Barony in 1707 by Queen Anne (1702 - 1714) in favour of David Erskine, 9th. Earl of Buchan, but had previously been accorded burgh status by the Archbishop of St. Andrews in 1564, and on this it bases its claim to be an ‘Honest Toun’. A burgh of barony was presided over by a feudal superior who had authority from the Crown to administer justice and to hold barony courts dealing with crimes and matters of good neighbourhood up to 1747 and thereafter solely matters of good neighbourhood. Ellon was created a police burgh in 1893 under the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act 1892 (55 & 56 Vict., c. 55). Burgh administration was carried out by police commissioners who were responsible for the cleansing, lighting, policing and public health of the burgh. Under the Town Councils (Scotland) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict., c. 49) the police commissioners were replaced by Ellon Town Council in January 1901. Ellon Town Council was abolished in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65). Its powers were assumed by Grampian Regional Council and Gordon District Council. These in turn were replaced by Aberdeenshire Council in 1996 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39).
Corporate NameEllon Town Council
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