Show Navigation

Government

The Royal Burgh of Dumfries

Burgess Ticket of James Paterson Gibson

Period:
19th Century
Description:

Burgess Ticket of James Paterson Gibson, a tobacconist.  Presented to him on 4th December 1868.

 

Only a burgess could run a business or carry out trade in the town.  People paid a fee in order to become a burgess and also agreed to defend the town when it was attacked.  Other people such as servants, labourers and the poor were regarded as "unfree men" and did not have the same rights.  Dumfries Town Council records are full of prosecutions against "unfree men" trading illegally.  By the 19th century, however, the title of Burgess had become honorary, with the same sort of status as "freemen of the city".  Burgess Tickets were presented to local dignitaries in ornamental silver caskets.

Materials/Media:
paper
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1974.121.1
Digital Number:
DMDO001n
Creation Date:
4 December 1868
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council