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The Royal Burghs
Before Reform, the Royal Burgh Councils were un-elected. Only councillors had the power to decide who should become a member of the council. Councillors appointed ministers and schoolteachers.
The Haddens, who owned land and factories, ran Aberdeen Burgh Council. James Hadden, who had been Provost four times, founded the modern city, and was responsible for building Union Street. The Haddens were Tories (old-fashioned Conservatives), and were against parliamentary and burgh reform. The 'Aberdeen Journal', a Tory newspaper, supported them.
Aberdeen shared a member of parliament with the Royal Burghs of
Each burgh was allowed one elector, who was chosen by the councillors. At a general election the five electors would meet to decide who should be the new Member of Parliament.
Other North East Royal Burghs were in a constituency that included
Forres and Nairn shared a member with Fortrose and Inverness.
The Commissioners of Supply ran the Counties.
Most county parliamentary electors were those whose property was valued at £400 or more in yearly rent.