Bo'rough. n.s. [boꞃho, Saxon.]
- It signified anciently a surety, or a man bound for others.
A borough, as I here use it, and as the old laws still use, is not a borough town, that is, a franchised town; but a main pledge of an hundred free persons, therefore called a free borough, or, as you say, francplegium. For borth, in old Saxon, signifieth a pledge or surety; and yet it is so used with us in some speeches, as Chaucer saith, St. John to Borch; that is, for assurance and warranty. Spenser's Ireland.
- A town with a corporation.