Place:Moray, Scotland

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NameMoray
Alt namesElginsource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 790
Elginshire
Moireibhsource: Wikipedia
Morayshire
TypeTraditional county
Coordinates57.5°N 3.167°W
Located inScotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoGrampian, Scotlandregion of which it became part in 1975
Moray (council area), Scotlandunitary authority of which it has been the major part since 1996
source: Family History Library Catalog
For information on Moray as a modern unitary authority, see this wikipedia article.
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Moray, or Elginshire, is one of the registration counties of Scotland, bordering Nairnshire to the west, Inverness-shire to the south, and Banffshire to the east. It was a local government county, with Elgin the county town, until 1975. Before 1889 there were two large exclaves of Moray situated within Inverness-shire, and an exclave of Inverness-shire situated within Moray. The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889 transferred these exclaves to the counties which surrounded them. The county was officially called Elginshire, sharing the name of the Elginshire parliamentary constituency, so named since 1708. The area became known as Moray after 1930 in official documents, but the term "Morayshire" was introduced in handwritten ledgers as there were problems in distinguishing Moray from Norway and Morar.

In 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, most of the county was combined with the Aberlour, Buckie, Cullen, Dufftown, Findochty, Keith and Portknockie areas of the county of Banffshire to form the Moray district of the Grampian region. The Grantown-on-Spey and Cromdale areas were combined with the Kingussie and Badenoch areas of the county of Inverness-shire to form the Badenoch and Strathspey district of the Highland region. In 1996 the Moray district was superseded by the council area of Moray 1996, under the provisions of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.

The registration county, for property, is 'County of Moray', and a slightly smaller area, also based on the former county, is a lieutenancy area named 'Moray'.

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