Place:West Lothian (council area), Scotland

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NameWest Lothian (council area)
TypeUnitary authority
Coordinates55.92°N 3.5°W
Located inScotland     (1996 - )
See alsoWest Lothian, Scotlandcounty covering the same basic area as the Council Area until 1975
Lothian, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996

Since West Lothian Council Area was only created in 1996, it is most likely that, for genealogical purposes, little reference will be made to it in the near future [written 2013]. Refer to the county of West Lothian and its subsidiary places.

Note: The parishes of Kirknewton or East Calder, West Calder and Mid Calder, which were originally in the County of Midlothian were transferred to the West Lothian District of Lothian Region in 1975 and remained in the West Lothian Council Area at its formation in 1996. The Parish of Dalmeny was removed from West Lothian and transferred to the City of Edinburgh at the same time. The Parish of Bo'ness (or Borrowstounness) on the northwest corner of West Lothian was transferred to the new Council Area of Falkirk.


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West Lothian is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and a Lieutenancy area. It borders the City of Edinburgh, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, the Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire.

The council area was created in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, with the boundaries of the West Lothian district of the Lothian region.

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