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Baillie & the Boys

A bailie or baillie is a civic officer in the local government of Scotland. The position arose in the burghs, where bailies formerly held a post similar to that of an alderman or magistrate (see bailiff). Modern bailies exist in Scottish local councils, with the position being a courtesy title and appointees often requested to provide support to the Lord Provost or Provost - the ceremonial and civic head of the council - in their various engagements.[1][2]

History

The name derives from Old French and used to be synonymous with Provost, with several officials holding this role often at the appointment of the Church.[3]

The jurisdiction of a bailie is called a bailiary (alt. bailiery).

The office of bailie was abolished in law in Scotland in 1975, and today the position of bailie is a courtesy title.[2]

Use

Notable Scottish bailies

As a title

As a surname

Outwith government

Scottish barons often appointed a Bailie as their judicial officer.

See also

References


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