List of local government areas in Scotland 1930 - 1975


List of local government areas in Scotland 1930 - 1975

This is a list of local government areas in Scotland from 1930 to 1975.

The list contains the areas of local authorities as created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1929, as amended by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1947. These areas were abolished in 1975 by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 when a system of regions and districts replaced them. The district in which the abolished area was included is indicated.

Background

From 1930 to 1975 there were the following types of local government areas in Scotland:

County-level authorities

*Counties of cities: these were the four largest burghs: they exercised the powers of both a county council and burgh. As such they were effectively unitary authorities. They were governed by city corporations headed by a lord provost.

*Counties: There were thirty-three counties covering the area outside the counties of cities. In the case of twenty-nine counties they were governed by a county council consisting partly of members nominated by the town councils of burghs in the county and partly by directly-elected councillors for the "landward" areas of the county. The chairman of a county council was known as the "convener".

*Combined counties: Two small counties, Nairnshire and Kinross-shire were combined with the neighbouring counties of Moray] and Perthshire for most local government purposes. In these "combined counties", there was a joint county council. The separate county councils continued to exist, however, and were responsible for minor local government functions.

ub-county authorities

*Large burghs: The 1929 Act constituted twenty burghs as "large burghs". These towns were largely independent from the counties in which they were situated. The number of large burghs was later increased to twenty-one, with the addition of the new town of East Kilbride. The town councils of large burghs were responsible for all local services except higher-level activities such as police and education, which were provided by the county council.

*Small burghs: The remaining burghs became "small burghs", yielding many of their powers to the reconstituted county councils.

*Landward districts: The "landward" area of each county was that part not included in a burgh. County councils were required to divide this area into districts. This was done by grouping electoral divisions (the areas for which county councillors were elected). Each district was governed by a district council consisting of "ex officio" the county councillors for the divisions and a number of directly elected district councillors.

Counties of cities


=County of Angus=

Large burgh


=County of Argyll=

mall burghs

mall burghs

Landward districts

County of Bute

mall burghs

Landward districts


=County of Dumfries=

Large burgh


=County of Dunbarton=

Large burghs

County of East Lothian

mall burghs

mall burghs

mall burghs

Landward districts


=County of Lanark=

Large burghs

County of Midlothian

mall burghs

mall burghs : County of Nairn

County of Orkney

mall burghs

Landward districts

mall burghs: County of Perth

mall burghs

Landward districts


=County of Selkirk=

mall burghs

mall burghs

Landward districts


=County of Wigtown=

mall burghs

Landward districts

References

ee also

*Subdivisions of Scotland


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