Person NameRoyal Burgh of Forres; c1496-1975
ActivityForres was erected into a royal burgh by King David I somewhere between 1130 and 1153. It came under the control of the Earls of Moray and then the Douglas Family between 1312 and 1455. After the foundation of the bishopric of Moray, Forres lost some of its prestige to Elgin. A charter of novodamus from James IV in 1496 reconfirmed its burghal status.
A town, until 1975 in the county of Moray and a royal burgh until 1975. A police burgh from 1836. A small burgh from 1930 until 1975. In the 19th century the town was governed by a provost, 3 baillies, a dean of guild, a treasurer and 11 councillors, who after 1865 were also commissioners of police.
National Grid Reference NJ0458
Royal burgh dissolved under Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.
United with Inverness, Nairn and Fortrose in sending an MP to the British parliament in the 19th century
Corporate NameRoyal Burgh of Forres
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