(in Scotland) a municipal officer or magistrate, corresponding to an English alderman.
Obsolete, bailiff.
Historical Examples

bailie Duke then turned to Kinlay, holding the viking’s stone in his fingers.
The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton

I suspect, Tom, you and the bailie were rather convivial after supper.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847 Various

When she had been cross-questioned by bailie Thomson the inquiry was closed by Mr. Duke, and the case remitted to a higher court.
The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton

I had ae fine customer, the bailie; he had eleven o’ a family.
St. Cuthbert’s Robert E. Knowles

On this point a learned bailie of the town of Forfar pronounced a very sound judgement.
Waverley Sir Walter Scott

The bailie was sick—an’ my laddie, wee Sandy, was aye plaguin’ me for a sled.
St. Cuthbert’s Robert E. Knowles

bailie to give sasine was the person who appeared for the superior at the ceremony of giving sasine.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 Various

The question, abruptly put, seemed to knock the worthy bailie all of a heap.
Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett

That was never bailie Nicol Jarvie’s way, nor yet was it his father the deacon’s before him.
Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett

The goose was smoking on the table, and the bailie brandished his knife and fork.
Waverley Sir Walter Scott

(in Scotland) a municipal magistrate
an obsolete or dialect spelling of bailiff


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