Scotland Jurisdictions (National Institute)

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Chart: District Names in Scotland

Listed from N and W to S and E (from maps by David Dorward’s Scotland’s Place-names)

Ancient Names
Reay
Deeside
Gowrie
Colgach
Ardgour
Lorn
Wester Ross
Lochaber
Strathearn
Easter Ross
Monadruach
Trossachs
Kintail
Badenoch
Menteith
Knoydart
Mar
Lennox
Morar
The Mearns
Clydesdale
Arisaig
Ardnamurchan
Kintyre
Moidart
Atholl
Kyle
Glenmore
The Mounth
The Merse
Strathnairn
Rannoch
Carrick
Strathspey
Breadalbane
Galloway
Rothiemurchus
Strathtay
Liddesdale
Monadhliath
Morvern
Nithsdale
Buchan
Benderloch
Rhinns of Galloway
Garioch
Strathmore

Pre-1975 Counties Used for Genealogy
1. Zetland
12. Angus
23. Lanarks
2. Orkney
13. Perthshire
24. West Lothian
3. Caithness
14. Fife
25. Midlothian
4. Sutherland
15. Kinross
26. East Lothian
5. Ross and Cromarty
16. Clackmannan
27. Berwick
6. Inverness
17. Stirling
28. Peebleshire
7. Nairn
18. Dunbarton
29. Selkirk
8. Morayshire
19. Argyll
30. Roxburgh
9. Banff
20. Bute
31. Dumfries
10. Aberdeen
21. Renfrew
32. Kirkcudbright
11. Kincardine
22. Ayr
33. Wigtown
Regional Councils 1975-1996
Highland
Fife
Lothian
Grampian
Central
Borders
Tayside
Strathclyde
Dumfries and Galloway
Regional Councils from 1 April 1996
Western Isles
Falkirk

Highland
Renfrewshire

Moray
East Renfrewshire

Aberdeenshire
West Lothian

Perthshire and Kinross
Midlothian

Angus
East Lothian

Stirling
North Ayrshire

Argyll and Bute
North Lanarkshire

Dumbarton and Clydebank
South Lanarkshire

Fife
The Borders

Clackmannan
East Ayrshire

East Dunbartonshire
South Ayrshire

Inverclyde
Dumfries and Galloway



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