Place:Highland (council area), Scotland

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NameHighland (council area)
Alt namesHighldsource: BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002; Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) xvii; UK Counties and Regions Abbreviations [web site] (1997-98) accessed 16 Dec 2002
Roinn na Gàidhealtachdsource: Wikipedia
TypeUnitary authority
Coordinates57.667°N 5°W
Located inScotland     (1996 - )
See alsoHighland Region, Scotlandregion preceding the Highland Council Area from 1975 to 1996
Inverness-shire, Scotlandcounty existing prior to 1975 from which Highland Region was formed
Ross and Cromarty, Scotlandcounty existing prior to 1975 from which Highland Region was formed
Nairnshire, Scotlandcounty existing prior to 1975 from which Highland Region was formed
Caithness, Scotlandcounty existing prior to 1975 from which Highland Region was formed
Sutherland, Scotlandcounty existing prior to 1975 from which Highland Region was formed
Contained Places
Burgh
Fort William ( 1996 - )
Inverness ( 1996 - )
Kingussie ( 1996 - )
District
Skye and Lochalsh
Skye ( 1996 - )
Strathspey ( 1996 - )
Former parish
Bona ( 1996 - )
Hamlet
Achendrean ( 1996 - )
Advie ( 1996 - )
Altnaharra ( 1996 - )
Alvie ( 1996 - )
Ardcharnich ( 1996 - )
Berriedale ( 1996 - )
Canisbay ( 1996 - )
Castlehaven ( 1996 - )
Clashnessie ( 1996 - )
Coldbackie ( 1996 - )
Creich ( 1996 - )
Croick (Easter Ross) ( 1996 - )
Croick (Sutherland) ( 1996 - )
Daviot ( 1996 - )
Fearn ( 1996 - )
Fodderty ( 1996 - )
Freswick ( 1996 - )
Hilton (Tain) ( 1996 - )
Huna ( 1996 - )
Inchnadamph ( 1996 - )
Kilmuir ( 1996 - )
Kinlochluichart ( 1996 - )
Lochailort ( 1996 - )
Meikle Ferry ( 1996 - )
Morefield ( 1996 - )
Onich ( 1996 - )
Oykel Bridge ( 1996 - )
Rosehall ( 1996 - )
Sarclet ( 1996 - )
Sibster ( 1996 - )
South Ballachulish ( 1996 - )
Staffin ( 1996 - )
Stoer ( 1996 - )
Strath Kanaird ( 1996 - )
Syre ( 1996 - )
Torrin ( 1996 - )
Inhabited place
Acharacle ( 1996 - )
Achduart ( 1996 - )
Achiltibuie ( 1996 - )
Achnasaul ( 1996 - )
Achosnich ( 1996 - )
Airor ( 1996 - )
Alness ( 1996 - )
Applecross ( 1996 - )
Ardersier ( 1996 - )
Ardmolich ( 1996 - )
Ardvasar ( 1996 - )
Arisaig ( 1996 - )
Aviemore ( 1996 - )
Avoch ( 1996 - )
Back of Keppoch ( 1996 - )
Balintore ( 1996 - )
Ballachulish ( 1996 - )
Balnacra ( 1996 - )
Banavie ( 1996 - )
Beauly ( 1996 - )
Beauly
Bernisdale ( 1996 - )
Bettyhill ( 1996 - )
Blarmacfoldach ( 1996 - )
Boat of Garten ( 1996 - )
Bonar Bridge ( 1996 - )
Broadford ( 1996 - )
Brochel ( 1996 - )
Brora ( 1996 - )
Brough (Caithness) ( 1996 - )
Caol ( 1996 - )
Carbost ( 1996 - )
Carrbridge ( 1996 - )
Castletown ( 1996 - )
Catlodge ( 1996 - )
Clyth ( 1996 - )
Conon Bridge ( 1996 - )
Contin ( 1996 - )
Corpach ( 1996 - )
Corran ( 1996 - )
Croachy ( 1996 - )
Cromarty ( 1996 - )
Cromdale ( 1996 - )
Croy ( 1996 - )
Culloden ( 1996 - )
Dalhalvaig ( 1996 - )
Dalwhinnie ( 1996 - )
Diabaig ( 1996 - )
Dores ( 1996 - )
Dornie ( 1996 - )
Dornoch ( 1996 - )
Dounreay ( 1996 - )
Drumbeg ( 1996 - )
Drumnadrochit ( 1996 - )
Dulnain Bridge ( 1996 - )
Dunbeath ( 1996 - )
Dunnet ( 1996 - )
Dunvegan ( 1996 - )
Edderton ( 1996 - )
Edinbane ( 1996 - )
Embo ( 1996 - )
Evanton ( 1996 - )
Fort Augustus ( 1996 - )
Fortrose ( 1996 - )
Foyers ( 1996 - )
Gairloch ( 1996 - )
Garve ( 1996 - )
Glencoe ( 1996 - )
Glenfinnan ( 1996 - )
Golspie ( 1996 - )
Halkirk ( 1996 - )
Helmsdale ( 1996 - )
Hill of Fearn ( 1996 - )
Hilton of Cadboll ( 1996 - )
Inver ( 1996 - )
Inverdruie ( 1996 - )
Invergarry ( 1996 - )
Invergordon ( 1996 - )
Inverie ( 1996 - )
Invermoriston ( 1996 - )
John o' Groats ( 1996 - )
Kentallen ( 1996 - )
Kilmaluag ( 1996 - )
Kilmorack ( 1996 - )
Kinbrace ( 1996 - )
Kinloch Hourn ( 1996 - )
Kinlochbervie ( 1996 - )
Kinlochewe ( 1996 - )
Kinlochleven ( 1996 - )
Kyle of Lochalsh ( 1996 - )
Kyleakin ( 1996 - )
Kylerhea ( 1996 - )
Lair ( 1996 - )
Lairg ( 1996 - )
Latheronwheel ( 1996 - )
Littleferry ( 1996 - )
Littlemill ( 1996 - )
Lochaline ( 1996 - )
Lochalsh ( 1996 - )
Lochinver ( 1996 - )
Lybster (Latheron) ( 1996 - )
Mallaig ( 1996 - )
Marybank (Urray) ( 1996 - )
Melvaig ( 1996 - )
Melvich ( 1996 - )
Mey ( 1996 - )
Morar ( 1996 - )
Muir of Ord ( 1996 - )
Mybster ( 1996 - )
Nairn ( 1996 - )
Nethybridge ( 1996 - )
Newtonmore ( 1996 - )
Nigg ( 1996 - )
North Ballachulish ( 1996 - )
Plockton ( 1996 - )
Poolewe ( 1996 - )
Portgower ( 1996 - )
Portmahomack ( 1996 - )
Reay ( 1996 - )
Reiss ( 1996 - )
Rogart ( 1996 - )
Scourie ( 1996 - )
Scrabster ( 1996 - )
Spean Bridge ( 1996 - )
Staxigoe ( 1996 - )
Strathpeffer ( 1996 - )
Strathy ( 1996 - )
Strontian ( 1996 - )
Tain ( 1996 - )
Talisker ( 1996 - )
Teangue ( 1996 - )
Thurso ( 1996 - )
Tomatin ( 1996 - )
Tongue ( 1996 - )
Torridon ( 1996 - )
Uig ( 1996 - )
Ullapool ( 1996 - )
Urray ( 1996 - )
Watten ( 1996 - )
Westerdale ( 1996 - )
Wick ( 1996 - )
Island
Canna ( 1996 - )
Eigg ( 1996 - )
Muck ( 1996 - )
Raasay ( 1996 - )
Rona ( 1996 - )
Rum ( 1996 - )
Sanday ( 1996 - )
Scalpay Longay and Pabay ( 1996 - )
Skye ( 1996 - )
Stroma ( 1996 - )
Locality
Camster ( 1996 - )
Knoydart ( 1996 - )
Minginish ( 1996 - )
Moidart ( 1996 - )
Morar ( 1996 - )
North Morar ( 1996 - )
Strath Oykell ( 1996 - )
Torridon ( 1996 - )
Waternish ( 1996 - )
Military base
Fort George ( 1996 - )
Parish
Abernethy and Kincardine ( 1996 - )
Abernethy ( 1996 - )
Alness ( 1996 - )
Alvie ( 1996 - )
Applecross ( 1996 - )
Ardclach ( 1996 - )
Ardersier ( 1996 - )
Ardgour ( 1996 - )
Ardnamurchan ( 1996 - )
Arisaig and Moidart ( 1996 - )
Assynt ( 1996 - )
Avoch ( 1996 - )
Boleskine and Abertarff ( 1996 - )
Bower ( 1996 - )
Bracadale ( 1996 - )
Canisbay ( 1996 - )
Cawdor ( 1996 - )
Clyne ( 1996 - )
Contin ( 1996 - )
Creich ( 1996 - )
Cromarty ( 1996 - )
Cromdale ( 1996 - )
Croy and Dalcross ( 1996 - )
Daviot and Dunlichity ( 1996 - )
Dingwall ( 1996 - )
Dores ( 1996 - )
Dornoch ( 1996 - )
Duirinish ( 1996 - )
Dunnet ( 1996 - )
Durness ( 1996 - )
Duthil ( 1996 - )
Edderton ( 1996 - )
Eddrachillis ( 1996 - )
Farr ( 1996 - )
Fearn ( 1996 - )
Fodderty ( 1996 - )
Gairloch ( 1996 - )
Glenelg ( 1996 - )
Glenshiel ( 1996 - )
Golspie ( 1996 - )
Halkirk ( 1996 - )
Inverness and Bona ( 1996 - )
Inverness ( 1996 - )
Kildonan ( 1996 - )
Killearnan ( 1996 - )
Kilmallie ( 1996 - )
Kilmonivaig ( 1996 - )
Kilmorack ( 1996 - )
Kilmuir ( 1996 - )
Kilmuir-Easter ( 1996 - )
Kiltearn ( 1996 - )
Kincardine ( 1996 - )
Kingussie and Insh ( 1996 - )
Kintail ( 1996 - )
Kirkmichael ( 1996 - )
Knockbain ( 1996 - )
Lairg ( 1996 - )
Latheron ( 1996 - )
Lismore and Appin ( 1996 - )
Lochalsh ( 1996 - )
Lochbroom ( 1996 - )
Lochcarron ( 1996 - )
Logie-Easter ( 1996 - )
Loth ( 1996 - )
Morvern ( 1996 - )
Nairn ( 1996 - )
Nigg ( 1996 - )
Olrig ( 1996 - )
Portree ( 1996 - )
Reay ( 1996 - )
Rogart ( 1996 - )
Rosemarkie ( 1996 - )
Rosskeen ( 1996 - )
Sleat ( 1996 - )
Small Isles ( 1996 - )
Snizort ( 1996 - )
Strath ( 1996 - )
Tain ( 1996 - )
Tarbat ( 1996 - )
Thurso ( 1996 - )
Tongue ( 1996 - )
Urquhart and Logie-Wester ( 1996 - )
Urray ( 1996 - )
Watten ( 1996 - )
Wick ( 1996 - )
Q.s. parish
Glengarry ( 1996 - )
Inverallan ( 1996 - )
Knoydart ( 1996 - )
Region
Black Isle ( 1996 - )
Coigach ( 1996 - )
Easter Ross ( 1996 - )
Wester Ross ( 1996 - )
Seat
Dunachton ( 1996 - )
Settlement
Elgol ( 1996 - )
Ramasaig ( 1996 - )
Salen ( 1996 - )
Tomdoun ( 1996 - )
Traditional county
Caithness ( 1996 - )
Cromartyshire ( 1975 - )
Inverness-shire ( 1996 - )
Nairnshire ( 1996 - )
Ross and Cromarty ( 1996 - )
Sutherland ( 1996 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Highland is a council area in the Scottish Highlands and is the largest local government area in the United Kingdom. It shares borders with the council areas of Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Moray and Perth and Kinross. Their councils, and those of Angus and Stirling, also have areas of the Scottish Highlands within their administrative boundaries. The Highland area covers most of the mainland and inner-Hebridean parts of the former counties of Inverness-shire and Ross and Cromarty, all of Caithness, Nairnshire and Sutherland and small parts of Argyll and Moray.

Geography

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

The area was created as a two-tier region in 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, with an elected council for the whole region and, in addition, elected councils for each of eight districts,

The act also abolished county and burgh councils.

In 1996, under the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994, the Highland Regional Council and the district councils were wound up and their functions were transferred to a new Highland Council. The Highland Council adopted the districts as "management areas" and created area committees to represent them. However, the boundaries of committee areas ceased to be aligned exactly with those of management areas as a result of changes to ward boundaries in 1999. Ward boundaries changed again in 2007, and the management areas and related committees have now been abolished in favour of three new "corporate management areas": Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Inverness, Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey; and Ross, Skye and Lochaber. The names of these areas are also names of [parliamentary] constituencies, but boundaries are different.

To many people within the area, using the name Highland as a noun sounds wrong. Dingwall in Highland, for example, sounds strange and is not idiomatic usage. To refer specifically to the area covered by the council, people tend to say the Highland Council area or the Highland area or the Highland region. Otherwise they tend to use the traditional county names, such as Ross-shire. The term "Highlands" sometimes refers to the Highland council area. More usually it refers to a somewhat larger or overlapping area.

The Highland Council headquarters is located in Inverness with most previous district council offices retained as outstations.

Research Tips

Notes for the Highland Council Area and the Western Isles Council Area

The local archives are held by The Highland Archive Service which is based in Inverness with branches in Stornoway, Fort William and Caithness. It is "responsible for locating, preserving and making accessible archives relating to all aspects of the history of the geographical area of the Highlands."

Family history societies and historical associations covering the Highland Council Area and the Western Isles Council Area are:

These associations publish their aims on their websites as well as a list of publications. In many cases the publications are also available through the Scottish Genealogy Society (see below).

Sources for Old Parish Registers Records, Vital Records and Censuses

  • Scotland's People This is a pay website providing vital statistics and census data for all of Scotland with original images. There is a description at Scotland under Genealogical Resources.
  • See the publications lists of the above Family History Societies.
  • The FreeCen Project--Scotland has a searchable (not browsable) transcription for each of the counties in the area. Nairnshire and Caithness have the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 complete. Inverness-shire and Ross and Cromarty have 1841 complete with some work on 1851 and Sutherland has not completed 1841.

Transcriptions of Gravestone Inscriptions

  • The Scottish Genealogy Society provides a series of monumental inscriptions either in print in booklet form or on CD for each of the counties in the area (Caithness, Inverness-shire, Nairnshire, Ross and Cromarty, and Sutherland). Some of the booklets cover only one graveyard, others cover a group. Prices vary. In many cases the coverage is of pre-1855 stones only--this is because gravestone inscriptions are often used by family historians as death registration equivalents in the era of the Old Parish Registers (when deaths were not universally recorded).
  • Sutherland cemeteries are covered in Pre-1855 tombstone inscriptions in Sutherland burial grounds by A S Cowper & I Ross, published at Edinburgh in 1989 by the Scottish Genealogy Society.
  • There are no specific notes for gravestone transcriptions for either Inverness-shire or Nairnshire in GENUKI. However, the Scottish Genealogy Society lists booklets for both counties.

Sources for Emigration Records

  • Hebrides People have a database containing lists of people who emigrated to North America from a number of parishes in the Western Isles.

Further Sources of Reference

Please note and respect the copyright warnings on these websites.

  • GENUKI has articles on each of the counties. These may not appear up-to-date but a query to the organizer made in August 2014 was answered within a few hours and followed up by an amendment to the article.
  • The Gazetteer for Scotland provides an article on each of the old counties of Scotland. The tabs on the right provide more information, plus a map of the county within its surrounding area, with parishes highlighted and linked to more information. Each parish within the county also has a set of webpages which follow the same design.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki article on Scotland provides information on research in Scotland in general and links to pages for the individual counties and from there to some individual parishes.
  • The National Library of Scotland have a website devoted to maps from the 1600s right up to the present. Comparisons of modern-day and old maps of the same place can be made. From the home page click on "Find by place" and then follow the instructions on the next page. Once you are viewing the place you want, use the slider <----> at the top of the map to compare the layout of roads and the place names of smaller areas, perhaps even farms, with the landscape today. The website takes some getting used to. The One-inch 2nd edition, Scotland, 1898-1904 OS is a series of maps with the parishes delineated. Each of these maps cover an area of 18 x 24 miles and will zoom to comfortable reading size with a couple of mouse clicks on the map itself. Unfortunately, they are not geo-referenced, and it is necessary to go to the OS One Inch 1885-1900 series to locate places by latitude and longitude.
  • The Statistical Accounts for Scotland In the 1790s and again in the 1830s, the ministers of the all the parishes of the Church of Scotland were asked to provide a description of their parish to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The original account request included 160 questions to be answered. These accounts are available in print in 20 volumes and are also online where it is freely available to browse. The browsing portal is below the viewing area of most computer screens. Scroll down to "For non-subscribers" and click on "Browse scanned pages". This brings you to another page on which one can enter the name of the parish in which you are interested.
  • Excerpts from The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885 are provided by Scottish Places. Selections from Groome and other gazetteers from the 19th century are also found on GENUKI.


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