Place:Inverness-shire, Scotland

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NameInverness-shire
Alt namesInvernesssource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Siorrachd Inbhir Nissource: Wikipedia
Inverness Shire
TypeTraditional county
Coordinates57.085°N 4.59°W
Located inScotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoHighland Region, Scotland1975-1996 for all of Inverness-shire except the most westerly islands
Highland (council area), Scotland1996 onward for all of Inverness-shire except the most westerly islands
Western Isles, Scotland1975-1996 for the island parts of Inverness-shire
Outer Hebrides, Scotland1996 onward for the island parts of Inverness-shire
Contained Places
Burgh
Fort William ( - 1975 )
Inverness ( 500 - 1975 )
Kingussie ( - 1975 )
District
Aird ( 1930 - 1975 )
Badenoch ( 1930 - 1996 )
Inverness (district) ( 1930 - 1975 )
Lochaber ( 1930 - 1975 )
Former community
St. Kilda ( - 1975 )
Hamlet
Alvie ( - 1975 )
Boisdale ( - 1975 )
Creagorry ( - 1975 )
Daliburgh ( - 1975 )
Floddaigh ( - 1975 )
Lochboisdale ( - 1975 )
Staffin ( - 1975 )
Stoneybridge ( - 1975 )
Inhabited place
Ardersier ( - 1975 )
Arisaig ( 1890 - 1975 )
Aviemore ( - 1975 )
Blarmacfoldach ( - 1975 )
Boat of Garten ( - 1975 )
Broadford ( - 1975 )
Carinish ( - 1975 )
Castlebay ( - 1975 )
Dunvegan ( - 1975 )
Edinbane ( - 1975 )
Fort Augustus ( - 1975 )
Glencoe ( 1890 - 1975 )
Grantown-on-Spey ( 1975 - )
Howmore ( - 1975 )
Kyleakin ( - 1975 )
Lochmaddy ( - 1975 )
Morar ( 1890 - 1975 )
Nethybridge ( - 1975 )
Salen ( - 1975 )
Sollas ( - 1975 )
Tarbet ( - 1975 )
Uig ( - 1975 )
Island
Barra ( - 1975 )
Benbecula ( - 1975 )
Berneray ( - 1975 )
Canna ( 1891 - 1975 )
Eigg ( - 1975 )
Floddaigh ( - 1975 )
Harris ( - 1975 )
Muck ( 1890 - 1975 )
North Uist ( - 1975 )
Raasay ( - 1975 )
Rona ( - 1975 )
Rum ( 1891 - 1975 )
Sanday ( 1890 - 1975 )
Scalpay Longay and Pabay ( - 1975 )
Skye ( - 1975 )
South Uist ( - 1975 )
St. Kilda ( - 1975 )
Locality
Minginish ( - 1975 )
Moidart ( 1890 - 1975 )
Morar ( 1890 - 1975 )
North Morar ( - 1975 )
Waternish ( - 1975 )
Parish
Abernethy ( - 1975 )
Alvie ( - 1975 )
Ardersier ( - 1975 )
Ardnamurchan ( 1890 - 1975 )
Barra ( - 1975 )
Boleskine and Abertarff ( - 1975 )
Bracadale ( - 1975 )
Cawdor ( - 1891 )
Cromdale ( - 1870 )
Croy
Daviot and Dunlichity
Dores
Duirinish ( - 1975 )
Duthil
Glenelg
Harris ( - 1975 )
Inverness ( 500 - 1975 )
Kilmallie
Kilmonivaig
Kilmorack
Kilmuir ( - 1975 )
Kiltarlity and Convinth
Kingussie and Insh ( - 1975 )
Kirkhill
Laggan
Moy and Dalarossie
North Uist ( - 1975 )
Petty
Portree ( - 1975 )
Sleat ( - 1975 )
Small Isles ( 1890 - 1975 )
Snizort ( - 1975 )
South Uist ( - 1975 )
Strath ( - 1975 )
Urquhart and Glenmoriston
Region
Western Isles ( - 1975 )
Seat
Dunachton ( - 1975 )
Settlement
Ardivachar ( - 1975 )
Ardnamonie ( - 1975 )
Bornish ( - 1975 )
Iochdar ( - 1975 )
Kilbride ( - 1975 )
Unknown
Annat
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


NOTE: Inverness-shire has to have three 's's--two on ness and one on shire. Therefore, it needs a hyphen.

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The County of Inverness or Inverness-shire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) was a general purpose county of Scotland, with the burgh of Inverness as the county town.

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"Inverness was the largest and in some respects the most varied county in Scotland. Extending across Scotland from the east coast along the upper shores of the Moray Firth to the Atlantic Ocean on the west, it included actually the whole of the Outer Hebrides with the exception of the Island of Lewis. In addition, the Small Isles - Canna, Rum, Eigg, and Much - and also the Isle of Skye are included in this county.

"Only a small portion of the vast area of over four thousand miles is cultivated, or indeed inhabitable. The rest is occupied largely by mountains, rough hill grazing, heath, natural woodlands, plantations, deep valleys, and stony wildernesses." (From British Towns and Villages Network)

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Geography

The county of Inverness covered a large mainland area and various island areas off the west coast. The mainland area had a short coastline on the east and as well as a long west coastline and included, as well as the burgh of Inverness, the towns of Kingussie, Fort William, and Mallaig.

The island areas included North Uist, South Uist and Harris in the Outer Hebrides and Skye and the Small Isles in the Inner Hebrides.

The neighbouring counties were: Ross and Cromarty to the north, Nairnshire, Moray, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire to the east and Perthshire and Argyll to the south.

Burghs

  • The burgh of Inverness was the county town of Inverness-shire. It was established as a royal burgh in the mid 12th century.
  • Fort William, was originally a fort of that name built by the British government to keep the Highlanders in their place. Around it grew up a village which became in turn Gordonsburgh, Maryburgh, Duncansburgh and latterly the town/burgh of Fort William (established as a burgh of barony in 1618.
  • Kingussie was established as a burgh of barony in 1464.

Local Government

In the 1890s two pieces of legislation defined Inverness-shire as a county and set up how it was to be governed on a local basis. The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889 established county councils in Scotland, and the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1894 established parish councils for every parish.

Thus Invernessshire acquired a county council in 1890 and boundaries were altered to make the county a single contiguous area (except, of course, for island areas of the county). These included transfers with the neigbouring counties of Nairnshire, Argyll and Ross and Cromarty.

The burghs of Inverness, Fort William, and Kingussie, which had previously had their own town councils, retained autonomous status and were generally beyond the writ of the new county council.

In 1930 the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1929 abolished the Scottish poor law system with institutions passing to the local authorities; and reorganised local government in Scotland, introducing joint county councils (for some counties), large burghs, small burghs and landward districts. The landward districts in Inverness-shire were Aird, Badenoch, Inverness, Lochaber, Skye, North Uist, South Uist, Barra and Harris (only the first four were on the mainland; the last five being islands).

The landward districts introduced by this act were the predecessors of the lower tier of local government employed when "regions" were introduced in 1975. With the further introduction of unitary authority areas made in 1996, these districts have been replaced by wards, but not on a one-for-one basis.

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