burgh

[burg; Scot. buhr-oh, buhr-uh]

noun

(in Scotland) an incorporated town having its own charter and some degree of political independence from the surrounding area.
Archaic. borough.

Origin of burgh

1350–1400; late Middle English (Scots); see borough; cf. broch
Related formsburgh·al [bur-guh l] /ˈbɜr gəl/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for burghal

Historical Examples of burghal

  • Gainsborough, though not a chartered borough, was probably one by prescription, for mention is made of burghal tenure in 1280.

  • In Gloucestershire is Gloucester, but Winchcombe also asserts its burghal rank.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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



British Dictionary definitions for burghal

burgh

noun

(in Scotland) a town, esp one incorporated by charter, that enjoyed a degree of self-government until the local-government reorganization of 1975
an archaic form of borough (def. 1)
Derived Formsburghal (ˈbɜːɡəl), adjective

Word Origin for burgh

C14: Scottish form of borough
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