Record

CodeNA7956
Dates1901-1975
Person NameMacduff Town Council; 1901-1975
ActivityMacduff, originally called Doune, was created a burgh of barony in 1528 by King James V (1513 - 1542) in favour of John Stewart, 3rd. Earl of Buchan. It was re-erected as a Burgh of Barony in favour of James Duff, 2nd. Earl Fife, in 1783 by King George III (1760 - 1820). 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. By the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1833 (2 & 3 Will. IV, c.65) Macduff was included within Banff, which with five other burghs were combined within the Elgin District of Burghs to elect an MP. Macduff still retained its own magistrates, elected by the feuars. It adopted the Police of Towns (Scotland) Act 1850 (13 & 14 Vict., c.33) in 1853, under which 6 police commissioners were elected to administer the town's affairs. They were responsible for the cleansing, lighting, policing and public health of the burgh. The main industry in the town was fishing, from the harbour built in 1763 and later extended, but there is also some tourism. Under the Town Councils (Scotland) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict., c. 49) the police commissioners were replaced by Macduff Town Council in January 1901. Macduff 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).
Corporate NameMacduff Town Council
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