Place:Stewartry, Dumfries and Galloway Region, Scotland

Coordinates55°N 4°W
Located inDumfries and Galloway Region, Scotland     (1975 - 1996)
See alsoKirkcudbrightshire, Scotlandcounty making up the Stewartry District until 1975
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotlandunitary Council Area in which it is a committee area since 1996

From the Gazetteer for Scotland

"The term 'stewartry' was once applied to any area of Crown property in Scotland administered by a steward rather than a sheriff. The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright was annexed to the Crown in 1455 by King James II in his bid to break the power of the Douglas Lords of Galloway. "

In modern times the Stewartry District was formed by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, and became one of four local government districts in the Dumfries and Galloway Region which lasted from 1975 until 1996.

In 1996 the district was abolished, with its area becoming part of the Dumfries and Galloway County Area, a unitary authority with an identical area to the region. Because of its large size the Council Area has established "committee areas" to provide for the local needs of its far-flung population. Stewartry is now one of these committee areas.

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Only the civil registrations for the period since 1975 will be found under the name Stewartry. It is unknown if the name was continued to be used for this purpose after 1996.