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Charter of King William, founding the Burgh of Ayr

Period:
Medieval
Description:

This charter is the earliest surviving charter founding a royal burgh in Scotland, and demonstrates the relationship between the early castle, sheriffdom and burgh.

The charter was an important document for the burgh. It created and confirmed the rights of the burgh and gave control over trade and the privilege of electing a provost, bailies, treasurer, and dean of guild to officiate at the burgh court and later to be the office bearers of the town council. Each royal burgh (with some exceptions) was represented in the Scottish parliament and could appoint magistrates with wide powers in civil and criminal justice.

Materials/Media:
paper
Source:
Ayrshire Archives
Accession number:
B6/30/1
Digital Number:
SADO001n
Creation Date:
21 May, 1205
Copyright:
Ayrshire Archives