Person NamePenicuik Town Council; 1901-1975
ActivityPenicuik was created a police burgh in 1867 under the General Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act 1862 (25 & 26 Vict., c. 101). Burgh administration was carried out by police commissioners who were responsible for the cleansing, lighting, policing and public health of the burgh. The main industries in the town were cotton, coal-mining and paper manufacture (the latter industry had contributed to the growth of the town before it became a police burgh). It experienced a rapid period of growth in the mid 19th century and by 1891 the population was 3,793. Under the Town Councils (Scotland) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict., c. 49) the police commissioners were replaced by Penicuik Town Council in January 1901. By 1971 the population had risen to 10,066. Penicuik Town Council was abolished in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65). Its powers were assumed by Lothian Regional Council and Midlothian District Council. These in turn were replaced by Midlothian Council in 1996 under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39).
Corporate NamePenicuik Town Council
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