Person NameLaurencekirk Town Council; 1901-1975
ActivityLaurencekirk was created a burgh of barony in 1779 by King George III (1760-1820) in favour of Francis Garden, Lord Gardenstone of Troup, in order to be a small manufacturing town. 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 up to 1747 and thereafter solely matters of good neighbourhood. The town was to have a weekly market on a Thursday and a free yearly fair on the first Wednesday in the month of November for three days. Laurencekirk was created a police burgh in 1889 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. Under the Town Councils (Scotland) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict., c. 49) the police commissioners were replaced by Laurencekirk Town Council in January 1901. Laurencekirk Town Council was abolished in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65). Its powers were assumed by Grampian Regional Council and Kincardine & Deeside District Council. These in turn were replaced by Aberdeenshire Council in 1996 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39).
Corporate NameLaurencekirk Town Council
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