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Burrowis, Burowis, n. pl. Also: burowys, -(o)ws; burrowes, -ows, -ou(y)s, -ovis; burroyis, -ois, burris. [e.m.E. and late ME. burrowes, ME. burwes, buruȝes, pl. of buruȝ, burȝ Burch n. See also Borowis n. pl. 2 and Bourowis.]

1. Boroughs, towns; also, burgesses collectively.(a) 1389 Liber Melros 449.
The burows of Edynburgh, Hadynton and Dunbarre
1402 Dundee Chart. No. 22.
The burowys of Perth … and of Dunde
c1420 Wynt. viii. 2135 (C).
Off castellis, burowis, and forteleis
1424 Lanark & R. 282.
The quhilks xxiiij of the forsayd burws [etc.]
The fredome of bath the burws
1469 Acts II. 95/1.
The electione of alderman, bailȝis, and vtheris officiaris of burowis
1482 Edinb. Chart. 167.
Of ilk freman of all the kingis burowis … iiij d.
1496 Acta Conc. II. 13.
In the burowis of Edinburgh, Perth or Aire
(b) 1449 Reg. Episc. Glasg. 370.
Our said burroyis of Renfrew, Ruglen or ony other burrowys of eschaet
1478 Acta Conc. 20/1.
Ay and quhill the said dome be discussit in the court of foure burrowis
1533 Boece ii. vi. 69 b.
Leiffing thare landis, villagis and burrowis without store or vthir plennyssing
1545 Reg. Privy C. I. 6.
The provostis, aldermen and ballies of burrowis
1555–6 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 317.
Quhen the commissars of burrowis convenit in the tolbuyth
1570 Sat. P. xii. 149.
Gif ȝe byde, the burrowis will commend ȝow
Ib. xix. 58.
Ȝe burrowis, murne and regrait his fall
a1578 Pitsc. I. 203/2.
Because they knew the king to be well lowit witht all the commons and burrowis
1594 Acts IV. 80.
All statutes of his hienes burrowis within this realme
1601–2 Misc. Spald. C. V. 129.
The soume of twa hundreth punds, auchtand be the burrowis to thair generall agent
1615 Highland P. III. 228.
Ansueris gevin in be the burrowis … to the missiue bill send to thame
1622-6 Bisset I. 13/17.
Anentis the chesing of magistrattis … within burrowes
1660 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 195.
Conforme to the … decret arbitrall and act of burrowes above writin
1676 Glasgow Chart. II. 190.
If the saids guids should be apprehendit within any of the saids royall burrous
1689 Glasgow B. Rec. 420.
Mr. Iohn Buchan, ajent to the burrowes
(c) 1522 Treas. Acc. V. 201.
Prouests, aldirmen and baillies of burrois
1533 Conv. Burghs I. 513.
That all the burrois within this realme sall send thair commissaris to this toun
1539 Ib. 516.
The burrois of this realme havand thair staipill in Antuerpe
1558 Inverness B. Rec. I. 17.
He auch nocht to be … enterit thairto, becaus he is nocht his sowne and ayr … as vse of burrois is
Conforme to the actis of burris [sic]
1578 Conv. Burghs I. 65.
In the assemblie and conventioun of burrois haldin the said day

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