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CodeNA10943
Dates1894-1975
Person NameDundee Corporation; 1894-1975
ActivityDundee was created a royal burgh in the 1190 or 1191 by a charter of King William the Lion which conferred feudal superiority on his brother Earl David. The charter had been lost by the fourteenth century and was thus confirmed by a charter of King Robert the Bruce, 14 March 1327. This charter stated that all the evidence given both by local men and by burgesses in other places showed that Dundee had exercised burgh rights and priveleges from the twelfth century. The Great Charter of Charles I, dated 14 September 1641 confirmed the status of Dundee as a royal burgh. By the sixteenth century the burgh was managed by a town council which consisted of the provost, four bailies or magistrates, burgesses and representatives of the Guildry and incorporated trades. The merchants Guild in Dundee is believed to be one of the earliest founded in Scotland although the only extant Seal of Cause dates from 1515. By the middle of the sixteenth century the association of the nine incorporated trades had been formed and in the eighteenth century the incorporations of the Wrights, Slaters and Masons trades had formed the Three United Trades of Dundee. In 1298 William Wallace granted the post of Constable of Dundee Castle to Alexander Scrymgeour and the post was made hereditary in 1317. It remained so until the abolition of all heritable jurisdictions in 1747 following the Jacobite rebellion in 1745. In 1824 an Act of Parliament established Dundee's Police Commissioners. In 1851 Dundee adopted the stipulations of the Police (Scotland) Act, 1850 (13 & 14 Vict, c 33) and the Town Council became the Commissioners of Police. In 1894 these functions were transferred to Dundee Corporation, established by The Dundee Corporation Act, 1894 (57 & 58 Vict., c. 124). Dundee Corporation was abolished under the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1973 (c. 65). Its powers were assumed by Tayside Regional Council and the City of Dundee District Council. These in turn were replaced by Dundee City Council in 1996 under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1994 (c. 39).
Corporate NameDundee Corporation
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