Person NameRoyal Burgh of South Queensferry; 1294-1975; West Lothian
EpithetWest Lothian
ActivityQueensferry gets its name from Queen Margaret, wife of Malcolm Canmore who used the ferry there on her journeys to Dunfermline Abbey between 1068 and 1093. In 1294 Pope Gregory confirmed to the Abbey of Dunfermline a grant of tolls of the crossing and a further charter of 1363 confirmed the regality jurisdictions to the Abbey. The precise date of its erection into a royal burgh is uncertain but a charter of Charles I in 1636 confirmed preceding royal grants.In 1639 the first known commissioner for the burgh sat in the Scottish parliament.
In the 19th century the town was governed by a provost (an office soemtimes held by the Earls of Hopetoun and Roseberry), 2 baillies and 6 councillors who were also police commissioners. The burgh became bankrupt in 1881. Boatbuilding and fishing were important industries and the town often served not only as an important crossing for the Firth of Forth but also as an embarcation point for further journeys.The ferry continued until the opening of the Forth Road bridge in 1964.
South Queensferry is situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. National Grid Reference NT1378
A town, until 1975 in the county of West Lothian and a royal burgh until 1975. A police burgh from 1882. A small burgh from 1930 until 1975. Sometimes referred to as South Queensferry, to distinguish it from the town of North Queensferry, in Fife.
In the 19th century it returned one MP to the British parliament.
Corporate NameRoyal Burgh of South Queensferry
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