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1. A Scottish municipal officer corresponding to an English alderman.
2. Obsolete A bailiff.

[Middle English baillie, town official, from Old French, variant of baillis; see bailiff.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Scotland) a municipal magistrate
2. (Professions) an obsolete or dialect spelling of bailiff
[C13: from Old French bailli, from earlier baillif bailiff]
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(ˈbeɪ li)

1. (in Scotland) a municipal officer or magistrate.
2. Obs. bailiff.
[1250–1300; Middle English baillie < Old French bailli, variant of baillif bailiff]
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'One night, within four-and-twenty hours of the time when he had settled to take shipping for London, my uncle supped at the house of a very old friend of his, a Bailie Mac something and four syllables after it, who lived in the old town of Edinburgh.
'it was a wild, gusty night when my uncle closed the bailie's door, and settling his hat firmly on his head to prevent the wind from taking it, thrust his hands into his pockets, and looking upward, took a short survey of the state of the weather.
'The bailie's house was in the Canongate, and my uncle was going to the other end of Leith Walk, rather better than a mile's journey.
"Yes, I sent Luke directly they'd put the bailies in, and your aunt Pullet's been--and, oh dear, oh dear, she cries so and says your father's disgraced my family and made it the talk o' the country; and she'll buy the spotted cloths for herself, because she's never had so many as she wanted o' that pattern, and they sha'n't go to strangers, but she's got more checks a'ready nor she can do with." (Here Mrs.
There were the broad outer and inner bailies, not paved, but sown with grass to nourish the sheep and cattle which might be driven in on sign of danger.
We had but one trouble all day; when a strolling piper came and sat in the same wood with us; a red-nosed, bleareyed, drunken dog, with a great bottle of whisky in his pocket, and a long story of wrongs that had been done him by all sorts of persons, from the Lord President of the Court of Session, who had denied him justice, down to the Bailies of Inverkeithing who had given him more of it than he desired.
With his dad turning red and struggling to breathe, 12-year-old Bailie Kershaw kept calm and performed life-saving CPR.
Mr Donald Stewart, 38 Northlea, Doune, senior bailie on DouneTown Council, was elected provost at the council meeting in May, 1959.
A NEW book, Donington Park: The Pioneers, has been launched at the circuit, with more than 100 people associated with Donington past and present attending an event hosted by the author, John Bailie.
Nine-year-old Hannah Borthwick, who struggles to make friends and sleep at night, picked six-week-old Bailie to be her assistance dog.
Lee Bailie, 27, who was described by another witness as "vile", was also said to have sent "sinister" text messages, hacked into her email and social media accounts, and threatened to harm the 22-year-old woman with a hammer.
Executive head teacher Mark Bailie accepted the award in Xi'an, China, earlier this month, at the 12th Confucius Institute Conference.