Location Geography Area Ranked 8th - Total 2,238 km2 (864 sq mi) Admin HQ High Street
ISO 3166-2 GB-MRY ONS code 00QX Demographics Population Ranked 26th - Total (2005) 87,700 - Density 39 / km² Politics
The Moray Council
Control Independent/Conservative MPs Angus Robertson for Moray MSPs
Moray (pronounced Murray, Scottish Gaelic Moireibh or Moireabh) is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It lies in the north-east of the country, with coastline on the Moray Firth, and borders the council areas of Aberdeenshire and Highland.
Towns and villages
- Aberlour, Alves, Archiestown, Arradoul, Auchenhalrig
- Bogmoor, Broadley, Buckie, Burghead
- Clochan, Craigellachie, Cullen, Cummingston
- Dallas, Deskford, Dipple, Drybridge, Dufftown, Duffus, Dyke
- Findhorn, Findochty, Fochabers, Forres, Fogwatt
- Ianstown, Inchberry
- Keith, Kingston, Kinloss
- Lhanbryde, Longmorn, Lossiemouth
- Mill of Tynet, Mosstodloch,
- Nether Dallachy, Newmill
- Portgordon, Portknockie
- Rathven, Rafford, Rothes, Rothiemay
- Spey Bay
- Unthank, Upper Dallachy, Urquhart
- see also Moray council election, 2007
Local government districts had their own directly elected councils. Therefore they were said to be part of a two-tier system of local government. This was abolished by the 1994 legislation, in favour of unitary council areas. The districts, and the regions, had been formed in 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.
The Moray district had been formed by combining the local government county of Moray, except Grantown-on-Spey and Cromdale areas, with Aberlour, Buckie, Cullen, Dufftown, Findochty, Keith and Portknockie areas of the county of Banff. The Grantown-on-Spey and Cromdale areas had been combined with Kingussie and Badenoch areas of the county of Inverness to form the Badenoch and Strathspey district of the Highland region.
Current political composition:
Party Councillors Independent 12 Scottish National Party 10 Conservative 2 Labour 2
In the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood), most of the council area is covered by the Moray (Holyrood) constituency, which is in the Highlands and Islands electoral region. The Keith area, however, is within the Gordon (Holyrood) constituency, which is in the North East Scotland electoral region.
The working population of Moray in 2003 was nearly 40,000 of which around 34,000 were employees and 6,000 self-employed. Of this 34,000, 31% are employed in the public sector compared with 27% for Scotland and 25% for the UK (the RAF personnel are not included in these figures). Only 18% of jobs are managerial or professional compared to 25% for Scotland.
The diagrams show the strong reliance on the food and drink industry i.e. the distilling, canned food and biscuit manufacturing industries. The public sector is also very prominent. Of the total GVA of £1.26 billion, food and drink is responsible for 19% while 3% is the Scottish figure and 2% for the UK. Moray is responsible for 9% of the entire food and drink GVA of Scotland. Significant areas where Moray has a larger than average share of national markets are in tourism, forest products, textiles and specialized metal working. In contrast, however, Moray is significantly under-represented in the business services area at 15% of GVA while it is 19% for Scotland and 25% for the UK.
Compared to Scottish or UK levels, average incomes in Moray are low. The average wage in 2003 was £286 per week which was 12% below the Scottish average and 18% below the UK (these statistics exclude the armed forces). These figures reflect the large amount of part-time employment, with fewer qualified workers and less managerial and professional jobs. 16% of residents out-commute which is relatively high and of these, two-thirds work in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire mainly in the oil and gas industry. These out-commuters earn significantly more than local workers.
In 2004, there were around 2,500 VAT registered businesses in Moray with 75% of businesses employing fewer than 5 people and about a half of firms with a turnover of less than £100,000. 60% of employees are employed in small firms compared to 48% for Scotland as a whole.
Moray's major companies export their products to other UK regions and abroad and many of the smaller companies have direct involvement with neighbouring economies in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Highland. Also, a large out-commuting workforce (estimated to be in excess of 5,000 people) derives its income from the neighbouring centres of Aberdeen and Inverness.
Note: 2003 and 2004 data at SCOTDAT is the most uptodate as of August 2006
Unlike many other regions of Scotland which are experiencing population decline, Moray's population is expected to grow modestly to around 91,000 by 2024.
Source: General Register Office for Scotland
The first records on language use in the area indicate that in 1705, most of Moray except for the coast was described as "Wholly Irish & Highland Countreys" and "Ye Irish Parishes in which both languages are spoken". By 1822, Scottish Gaelic had weakened in the area, with only the far south of Moray reporting that, at best, 10% of the population were speaking Gaelic better than English. Records towards the end of the 19th century improved and show that between 1881 and 1921 the percentage of Gaelic speakers in Moray fluctuated as shown in the following table:
Year Gaelic speakers (%) 1881 2.63 1891 5.64 1901 4.48 1911 2.98 1921 2.08 1991 0.56
- ^ Stewart, Stephen (17 May 2007). "BBC NEWS | Scotland | Changing faces of Scots councils". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6665431.stm. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- ^ GVA = Gross Value Added is the term now used for total wealth created in the regional economy. Measured at basic prices, it is close to what was formerly known as Gross Domestic Product at factor cost.
- ^ Famous Moravians
- ^ a b Withers, C. Gaelic in Scotland 1698-1981 (1984) John Donald Publishers ISBN 0-8597-097-9
- ^ SCROL 
- Joint report HIE Moray and Moray Council entitled "MORAY 2020: STRATEGY FOR THE DIVERSIFICATION OF THE ECONOMY OF MORAY FOLLOWING RESTRUCTURING OF THE RAF BASES AT KINLOSS AND LOSSIEMOUTH" available at both web sites.
Places in Moray
Achnastank · Aberlour · Alves · Archiestown · Arradoul · Auchbreck · Auchinderran · Auchindoun · Auchnarrow · Auchenhalrig · Aultmore · Backlands · Ballindalloch · Bogmoor · Branderburgh · Broadley · Buckie · Burghead · Burniestrype · Cabrach · Chapeltown · Clochan · College of Roseisle · Craigellachie · Cullen · Cummingston · Dallas · Darnaway · Deskford · Dipple · Drummuir · Drybridge · Dufftown · Duffus · Dyke · Elgin · Farmtown · Findhorn · Findochty · Fochabers · Forres · Fogwatt · Garmouth · Glass · Hopeman · Ianstown · Inchberry · Keith · Kellas · Kingston · Kinloss · Knockando · Lhanbryde · Longmorn · Lossiemouth · Maggieknockater · Miltonduff · Mosstodloch · Nether Dallachy · Newmill · Ordiquish · Portessie · Portgordon · Portknockie · Rathven · Rafford · Rothes · Rothiemay · Spey Bay · Strathlene · Stotfield · Tomintoul · Unthank · Upper Dallachy · Urquhart
Traditional provinces and districts of Scotland Major districts (former counties, provincial lordships and rural deaneries)
The Aird · Annandale · Angus · Argyll · Atholl · Boyne · Buchan · Badenoch · Breadalbane · Caithness · Carrick · Clydesdale (or Strathclyde) · Cowal · Cunningham · Desnes · Eskdale · Farines · Fife · Fothriff · Galloway · Garioch · Garmoran · The Glenkens · Gowrie · Kintyre · Knapdale · Kyle · Lauderdale · Lennox · Liddesdale · Lochaber · Lorn · Lothian · Mar · Mearns · Menteith · Merse · Moray · Nithsdale · The Rhinns · Ross (Easter and Wester) · Stormont · Strathavon · Strathbogie · Strathearn · Strathgryfe · Strathnaver · Strathspey · Sutherland · Teviotdale · Tweeddale
Applecross · Appin · Ardgour · Ardmeanach · Ardnamurchan · Assynt · Avondale · Balquhidder · Benderloch · The Black Isle · Braemar · Coigach · Cromar · Cromdale · Douglasdale · Durness · Eddrachilles · Enzie · Ettrickdale · Ewesdale · Formartine · Gairloch · Glen Albyn · Glen Almond · Glen Cassley · Glen Clova · Glen Dochart · Glenelg · Glen Esk · Glengarry · Glen Lethnot · Glen Lyon · Glen Moriston · Glen Orchy · Glen Prosen · Glenshee · Glen Spean · Glen Urquhart · Gruinard · Howe of Fife · Howe of the Mearns · Kintail · Kintyre · Knoydart · Lochalsh · Loch Broom · Locheil · The Machars · Midmar · Moidart · Morar · Morven · Muir of Ord · Rannoch Moor · Rhinns of Kells · Strathallan · Strathardle · Strathbran · Strathbraan · Strathcarron (Forth) · Strathcarron (Oykel) · Strathconon · Strathdearn · Strathdeveron · Strathdee (Deeside) · Strathdon · Strathfarrar · Strath Gartney · Strathglass · Strathisla · Strathmore · Strath of Kildonan · Strath Oykel · Strath Tay · Strathyre · Sunart · Trossachs
For smaller islands, usually districts in their own right, see List of Scottish islandsAros · Ross of Mull ·
Border Areas Council areas of Scotland
Aberdeen · Aberdeenshire · Angus · Argyll and Bute · Clackmannanshire · Dumfries and Galloway · Dundee · East Ayrshire · East Dunbartonshire · East Lothian · East Renfrewshire · Edinburgh · Falkirk · Fife · Glasgow · Highland · Inverclyde · Midlothian · Moray · Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) · North Ayrshire · North Lanarkshire · Orkney · Perth and Kinross · Renfrewshire · Scottish Borders · Shetland · South Ayrshire · South Lanarkshire · Stirling · West Dunbartonshire · West Lothian
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