Record

CodeNA9978
Person NameSelkirk Burgesses
ActivityRoyal burghs had the right to restrict trade within their bounds. As a consequence of this they restricted the practice of certain trades within the burgh to people who resided within the confines of the burgh. In order to be admitted as a burgess certain qualifications had to be met, the completion of an apprenticeship, the son of a burgess, the son-in-law of a burgess, and lastly someone from outside the burgh, a stranger. The burgess had to pay entry money to the burgh which varied as to the grounds upon which he was admitted, the stranger paying the highest entry money. In return for this the burgess was granted a certificate or ‘ticket’ on his admission as a burgess and granted the freedom to trade within the burgh. However with these privileges came responsibility and burgesses were expected to pay taxes to the crown when the need arose and play a role in the administration and governance of the burgh. The exclusive privileges of trade within royal burghs were in decline towards the latter half of the eighteenth century and were finally abolished in 1846 (9 Vict, c 17).
Corporate NameSelkirk Burgesses
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