Unlike many burghal hidage places Chisbury did not develop into a town, and probably - in view of Great Bedwyn's proximity - this was never the intention.
Towns could be burghs of barony under a feudal superior.
One of Scotland's oldest burghs , Lanark has associations with both Robert the Bruce and William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace, who is remembered by a statue on the towns St. Nicholas Church.
The shires, initially tied into the burghal towns for defensive purposes, evolved in the tenth and eleventh centuries into complex legal and commercial provinces, and began increasingly to function as urban hinterlands.
The reconstruction of the burghal system that was set up after 920 is a complex matter.
The landholders in these ‘ burghal districts’ were charged with providing the men necessary to maintain and garrison the burghs, on the basis of one man from every hide of their land.
Enterprising kings of Scotland welcomed the English as settlers in their new burghs .
Edinburgh and Aberdeen had less of a problem and so less despoliation took place, but Dundee and smaller towns, such as Falkirk and other burghs in the central industrial belt, were badly hit by this municipal vandalism.
Other exceptions to the practice of primogeniture included burghs and the county of Kent, where an alternative system of inheritance existed, known as gavelkind, under which land was divided equally between all sons.
A few of the smaller burghal forts were short-lived and have remained largely undisturbed by subsequent development since their abandonment.