Archive Record

Collection Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Catalogue Number LG1/1/03
Object Name Series, Archival
Level of description Series
Title Greenock Burgh Dean of Guild Court, papers
Date 1880-1975
Creator Greenock Burgh | Dean of Guild Court
Dates of Creation 1880-1975
Extent of Description 21 volumes
Admin/Biographical History The origins of the Dean of Guild Court lay in the medieval Royal Burghs. They had powers to hear offences against neighbours and other disputes. This gradually evolved into the regulation of what are now known as planning and building control regulations. From 1862 Town Councils were permitted to set up Dean of Guild Courts and from 1892 all town councils were required to set up Dean of Guild Courts. The Dean of Guild Courts had powers to impose conditions relating to public health under the 1862 Police Act.

Lawyers and architects had begun to complain about the Dean of Guild Courts not being qualified to judge the legal rights of proprietors which led to new legislation, the 1892 Burgh Police (Scotland) Act, which specified the duties of the Court and the procedures it was to follow. The Dean of Guild court required that plans were submitted to them for any new building, alterations or additions. They continued to exercise this function until their abolition in 1975.
Search Terms Greenock Burgh (1635-1975)
Parent ObjectID LG1/1
Child Records Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records
Inverclyde Archives: Burgh and Council Records