Person NameTayport Town Council; 1901-1975
ActivityTayport was created a burgh of barony by King James VI (1567-1625) in favour of Robert Durie in 1599, when its name was Ferryport on Craig. A burgh of barony was presided over by a feudal superior who had authority from the Crown to administer justice and to hold barony courts dealing with crimes and matters of good neighbourhood until 1747 and thereafter solely matters of good neighbourhood. It was erected as a burgh of regality in 1725 for Robert Douglas, second son of Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, Bt. The Ferryport name drew attention to the burgh's prominence near the mouth of the Firth of Tay. The main employment was mussel gathering, and from the mid-19th century boat-building and textile industries were present. A ferry took passengers across the Tay, and became a train ferry from the mid-19th century under the operations of the Edinburgh Perth & Dundee Railway. The town's name became Tayport. The opening of the first Tay Rail Bridge in 1878 seemed to be the death knell for the ferry, but it was reprieved by the Tay Bridge disaster in 1879. The population was 2,630 in 1881. In 1888 Tayport became a police burgh after the adoption of the General Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act 1862 (25 & 26 Vict., c.101). Under the Town Councils (Scotland) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict., c.49) the police commissioners were replaced by Tayport Town Council in January 1901. By 1971 the population had risen to 2,897. Tayport Town Council was abolished in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c.65). Its powers were assumed by Fife Regional Council and North East Fife District Council. These in turn were replaced by Fife Council in 1996 under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c.39).
Corporate NameTayport Town Council
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