Administrative Areas of Scotland

The first table below shows the historic counties and their administrative sub-divisions before the first round of changes and lists the successor regions for each, that is the post-change regions which contain some or all of the original county area. The second table shows the regions after the first round of changes and lists their successor unitary authorities. In all cases only the top-tier authority is shown - either the top-tier in a two-tier arrangement or a single tier authority (shown italicised).

The tables also show the Chapman County Codes (CCC) for each county and region. These are unique 3 letter codes.

For a brief description of the administrative changes in the United Kingdom see - Local Government Changes in the United Kingdom.

The following abbreviations are used in these tables:

Key
(C)County of a City
(U)Unitary Authority

Single-tier local authorities are shown italicised.

The links in the following table are to outline maps showing the location of each county.

Scotland - changes of 1975
Historic CountyCCCAdministration until 1975Successor Regions
AberdeenshireABDAberdeenshire
Aberdeen (C)
Grampian
Angus (1)ANSAngus
Dundee (C)
Tayside
Argyllshire (2)ARLArgyllshireStrathclyde
Highland
AyrshireAYRAyrshireStrathclyde
BanffshireBANBanffshireGrampian
BerwickshireBEWBerwickshireBorders
Bute (3)BUTButeStrathclyde
CaithnessCAICaithnessHighland
ClackmannanshireCLKClackmannanshireCentral
DunbartonshireDNBDunbartonshireStrathclyde
DumfriesshireDFSDumfriesshireDumfries and Galloway
East LothianELNEast LothianLothian
FifeFIFFifeFife
Inverness-shire (4)INVInverness-shireHighland
Western Isles
KincardineshireKCDKincardineshireGrampian
Kinross-shireKRSKinross-shireTayside
KirkcudbrightshireKKDKirkcudbrightshireDumfries and Galloway
LanarkshireLKSLanarkshire
Glasgow (C)
Strathclyde
MidlothianMLNMidlothian
Edinburgh (C)
Lothian
Borders
MorayMORMorayGrampian
Highland
NairnshireNAINairnshireHighland
Orkney (5)OKIOrkneyOrkney
PeeblesshirePEEPeeblesshireBorders
PerthshirePERPerthshireTayside
Central
RenfrewshireRFWRenfrewshireStrathclyde
Ross and Cromarty (6)ROCRoss and CromartyHighland
Western Isles
RoxburghshireROXRoxburghshireBorders
SelkirkshireSELSelkirkshireBorders
Shetland (7)SHIShetlandShetland
StirlingshireSTIStirlingshireCentral
Strathclyde
SutherlandSUTSutherlandHighland
West LothianWLNWest LothianLothian
Central
WigtownshireWIGWigtownshireDumfries and Galloway

 

Scotland - changes of 1996
Administration 1975-1996CCCSuccessor Unitary Authorities
BordersBORThe Scottish Borders (U)
CentralCENClackmannanshire (U)
Falkirk (U)
Stirling (U)
Dumfries and GallowayDGYDumfries and Galloway (U)
FifeFIFFife (U)
GrampianGMPAberdeenshire (U)
Aberdeen City (U)
Moray (U)
Highland (8)HLDHighland (U)
LothianLTNCity of Edinburgh (U)
East Lothian (U)
Midlothian (U)
West Lothian (U)
Orkney (5)OKIOrkney Islands (U)
Shetland (7)SHIShetland Islands (U)
Strathclyde (9)STDArgyll and Bute (U)
City of Glasgow (U)
East Ayrshire (U)
East Dunbartonshire (U)
East Renfrewshire (U)
Inverclyde (U)
North Ayrshire (U)
North Lanarkshire (U)
Renfrewshire (U)
South Ayrshire (U)
South Lanarkshire (U)
West Dunbartonshire (U)
TaysideTAYAngus (U)
Dundee City (U)
Perth and Kinross (U)
Western Isles (10)WISWestern Isles (U)

Notes

  1. An old name for Angus is "Forfarshire".
  2. Includes islands: Islay, Jura and Mull.
  3. Consists of islands Arran and Bute.
  4. Includes islands: Lewis (part), North Uist, South Uist, and Skye.
  5. Also "Orkney Isles", or "Orkney Islands", but NOT "The Orkneys"!
  6. Includes part of the island of Lewis.
  7. Also "Shetland Isles", or "Shetland Islands", but NOT "The Shetlands"! Originally known as "Zetland".
  8. Includes the island of Skye.
  9. Includes islands: Arran, Bute, Islay, Jura and Mull.
  10. Includes islands: Lewis, North Uist and South Uist.

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Page created by Phil Lloyd in January 1993. Revised and updated in September 1997 by Brian Pears.