Person NameRoyal Burgh of Banff; 1189-1975
ActivityBanff was probably created a Royal Burgh by King William the Lion between 1189 and 1198; there is a charter of confirmation from King Robert II in 1372. Banff was created a police burgh in the mid-nineteenth century under the terms of the General Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act, 1862 (25 and 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. One of the main industries in the town is now tourism. Under the terms of the Town Councils (Scotland) Act, 1900 (63 and 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 terms of 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 Banffshire County Council in 1996 under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1994 (c.39).
Corporate NameRoyal Burgh of Banff
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