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burgh

[burg; Scot. buhr-oh, buhr-uh] /bɜrg; Scot. ˈbʌr oʊ, ˈbʌr ə/
noun
1.
(in Scotland) an incorporated town having its own charter and some degree of political independence from the surrounding area.
2.
Archaic. borough.
Origin of burgh
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; late Middle English (Scots); see borough; cf. broch
Related forms
burghal
[bur-guh l] /ˈbɜr gəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Gainsborough, though not a chartered borough, was probably one by prescription, for mention is made of burghal tenure in 1280.

  • But we must keep these ancient boroughs well apart from any royal manors which the king has newly raised to burghal rank.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • In Gloucestershire is Gloucester, but Winchcombe also asserts its burghal rank.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • Markets are being held and market-tolls are being taken in many vills which are not of burghal rank.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • There has come down to us in a sadly degenerate form a document which we shall hereafter call The burghal Hidage.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • This is proved by The burghal Hidage of which we spoke above, p. 187, and shall speak again hereafter.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
British Dictionary definitions for burghal

burgh

/ˈbʌrə/
noun
1.
(in Scotland) a town, esp one incorporated by charter, that enjoyed a degree of self-government until the local-government reorganization of 1975
2.
an archaic form of borough (sense 1)
Derived Forms
burghal (ˈbɜːɡəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: Scottish form of borough
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