A bailie or baillie is a civic officer in the local government of Scotland. The position arose in the burghs, where bailies formerly held a post similar to that of an alderman or magistrate (see bailiff). Modern bailies exist in Scottish local councils, with the position being a courtesy title and appointees often requested to provide support to the Lord Provost or Provost - the ceremonial and civic head of the council - in their various engagements.
The jurisdiction of a bailie is called a bailiary (alt. bailiery).
The office of bailie was abolished in law in Scotland in 1975, and today the position of bailie is a courtesy title.
- Aberdeen City Council - appoints five bailies.
- Dundee City Council - appoints five bailies. The position was reintroduced in 2003.
- Edinburgh City Council - appoints six bailies. The position was reintroduced in the 2000s following the title falling into disuse after the 1975 reform of local government.
- Glasgow City Council - appoints seventeen bailies.
- Stirling District Council - appoints four bailies  />
- West Dunbartonshire Council - revived the title in 2017 to appoint to veteran councillor Denis Agnew.
Notable Scottish bailiesEdit
As a titleEdit
- Alasdair MacMhaighstir Alasdair, Bailie of Canna
- Mary Barbour, Glasgow Corporation's first woman Baillie (1924-1927)
- Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan, Bailie of Inverie, Knoydart
- Dr George Coull FRSE, Bailie of Edinburgh
- Sir John Lauder, 1st Baronet, Bailie of Edinburgh
- Sir James Steel, 1st Baronet (1829–1904), Bailie of Edinburgh from 1888-1900
- Thomas Watt, Bailie to the Baron of Cartsburn, grandfather of James Watt
- Bailie William Landale, winner of the silver cup at the first open championship held at St Andrews Old Course in 1754, see Timeline of golf history (1353-1850)
- "Baillie Vass" - the Aberdeen Evening Express accidentally used a picture of Sir Alec Douglas-Home over a caption referring to a baillie called Vass. Private Eye then affected to believe that Home was an imposter.
As a surnameEdit
- Alexander Baillie - internationally recognised cellist, born 1956.
- David Baillie - Writer, born in West Lothian, known for comicbook work such as 2000 AD and Red Thorn.
- Jackie Baillie - Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dumbarton.
- Jim Baillie - Scottish footballer
- Thomas Baillie - Royal Navy officer known for a celebrated libel case.
- William Baillie - Irish print maker.
Scottish barons often appointed a Bailie as their judicial officer.
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