Record

CodeNA7948
Dates1189-
Person NameRoyal Burgh of Banff; 1189-
ActivityBanff was probably created a Royal Burgh by King William I (1143-1214) between 1189 and 1198; there is a charter of confirmation from King Robert II (1316-1390) in 1372. By the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1833 (2 & 3 Will. IV, c.65) it and five other burghs were combined within the Elgin District of Burghs to elect an MP. In 1840 Banff secured a Local Police Act (3 & 4 Vict., ch. cxiv) which allowed the burgh to elect police commissioners and in 1880 it adopted the General Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act 1862 (25 & 26 Vict., c. 101). Under this act police commissioners were responsible for the cleansing, lighting, policing and public health of the burgh although the Town Council also continued to function. Under the Town Councils (Scotland) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict., c. 49) the police commissioners were replaced by Banff Town Council in January 1901. Banff Town Council was abolished in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65). Its powers were assumed by Grampian Regional Council and Banff and Buchan District Council. These in turn were replaced by Aberdeenshire Council in 1996 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39). One of the main industries in the town is now tourism.
Corporate NameRoyal Burgh of Banff
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