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Convention of royal burghs

Convention of royal burghs. Meetings of the royal burghs in Scotland went back to the 14th cent. and in 1487 a statute authorized annual sessions. The conventions were in addition to the representation of the burghs in the Scottish Parliament and, after 1707, the British Parliament. The same commissioners often served in both bodies and the taxation distribution agreed by the burghs was usually confirmed by the Scottish Parliament. The conventions also had considerable political influence. They continued after the Act of Union but in 1975, following the local government reorganization, the body was changed into a convention of local authorities.

J. A. Cannon

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