an ancient Scots remedy requiring an apprehended wrongdoer to find caution or put up money to keep the peace. It dates back to before the 15th century but was nonetheless used a number of times in the 20th century. 'Burrow' or 'burgh' was an old Scots word for caution, so the remedy involves the court ordering a party to put up a sum of money or a bond that is forfeit should the law be broken by that party. The availability of interdict and the introduction of a modern police force have rendered it less important, to the point of obsolescence.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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