AskDefine | Define bailie

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Noun

  1. A bailiff

Extensive Definition

A baillie (alternative spelling bailie, from Old French) was a local civic officer in Scottish burghs, approximately equivalent to the post of alderman or magistrate (see bailiff) in other countries. They were responsible for a jurisdiction called a bailiary (alt. bailiery).
Notable Scottish baillies:
There are several notable people with the surname Baillie:

See also

surname nocat
bailie in German: Baillie
bailie in French: Baillie
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