- Corporate body
- c.1124 - 1975
Created by a Charter of King David I sometime between 1124 and 1127. First extant Charter that of David II dated 1360. The creation of a Royal Burgh granted various privileges to the Town including trading rights, the freedom to elect a Town Council, the right to hold a Burgal Court and to build defensive walls and gates. In 1857, Stirling became a Police Burgh under the General Police (Scotland) Act 1850 (13 & 14 Vict., c.33). Under the provisions of this Act, some Burgh administration was to be carried out by the Police Commissioners who were responsible for cleansing, policing and public health. However, they were not responsible for lighting, the Stirling Gas Company having been founded in 1825, or water, which was the responsibility of the Stirling Water Commission founded in 1848. The Burgh Police (Scotland) Act of 1891 and the Town Councils (Scotland) Act of 1900 separated the administrative and policing functions and allowed Stirling to retain its own police force. The Town Council was abolished by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65) and ceased to exist in April 1975. Its various powers were assumed by Central Regional Council and Stirling District Council. These in turn were replaced by Stirling Council under the provisions of the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994 (c.39) in 1996.