1. The village was granted burgh of barony status by James II in 1458 for George Leslie who became the first Earl of Rothes. Later, this was upgraded to a police burgh in 1865.

  1. One thing i find staggering is that when local government was being teformed in 1973, David Steele proposed that all former Royal Burghs should be allowed to retain their titles and provosts even as most of them became community councils outside of the formal local government structure. The fact that this simple request was refused seems to me to be a pure act of spite.

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