The Borders Region was created in 1975, by merging the former counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, and Selkirkshire and part of Midlothian, as a two-tier region with the districts of Berwickshire District, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Roxburgh District, and Tweeddale within it. In 1996 the region became a unitary Council Area and the districts were wound up. The Council Area was created with the name Borders. Following the election of a shadow area council in 1995 the name was changed to Scottish Borders with effect from 1996.
The Borders Region is included here to provide a place for occurrences within the area during the short period 1975-1996 and to allow for continuity between the old tradtional counties and the current unitary Council Area.