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royal burgh

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Definition of royal burgh in English:

noun

historical
(In Scotland) a burgh holding a charter from the Crown.
Example sentences
  • Read any history of Berwick, and you find that it was once Scotland's richest and most powerful town, a royal burgh.
  • Winchester and Battle seem to have had substantial French elements in their populations; Flemish immigrants can be traced in Berwick and other royal burghs of twelfth-century Scotland.
  • The ancestral home town of the dukes of Argyll, the royal burgh has long been a difficult destination for those not of the Campbell persuasion.

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