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- the long narrow property or burgage plot fronting onto the main street which was the normal unit of ownership in the Scottish medieval and early modern town. The rigg could be divided into foreland, innerland and backland, with the main buildings on or near the frontage, and workshops and gardens behind. Riggs could be divided from their neighbours by wooden fences or by walls. As a town prospered, the buildings might be extended forward into the street, or into the backlands. Once the pattern was established, it was almost impossible to change, and is still visible in many towns today.

The word probably derives from rig (Ridge) as used for the long narrow strips into which open fields were divided - Corn rigs, barley rigs etc. The open field system before the enclosures and clearances was known in Scotland as Runrig.