Definition of burgh in English:



  • A borough or chartered town.

    • ‘Enterprising kings of Scotland welcomed the English as settlers in their new burghs.’
    • ‘Towns could be burghs of barony under a feudal superior.’
    • ‘Edinburgh and Aberdeen had less of a problem and so less despoliation took place, but Dundee and smaller towns, such as Falkirk and other burghs in the central industrial belt, were badly hit by this municipal vandalism.’
    • ‘Other exceptions to the practice of primogeniture included burghs and the county of Kent, where an alternative system of inheritance existed, known as gavelkind, under which land was divided equally between all sons.’
    • ‘One of Scotland's oldest burghs, Lanark has associations with both Robert the Bruce and William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace, who is remembered by a statue on the towns St. Nicholas Church.’
    urban area, conurbation, municipality, borough, township, settlement
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Late Middle English: Scots form of borough.