List of counties of the United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom has different sorts of counties. Some are traditional areas and some are for local government or other government things.

Counties (Traditional) change

These counties are sometimes called historic counties, traditional counties or ancient or geographical counties.[1] People argue about how much they exist in law. They are useful for genealogical and historic matters. Anyone may choose to use traditional counties or not.

The traditional counties have had nothing to do with government since 1889. However until 1974 most local government counties were very like them.

The United Kingdom has 92 traditional counties.

County Area Some towns in the county
Aberdeenshire 1,950 square miles (5,100 km2) Aberdeen, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead, Turriff
Anglesey 276 square miles (710 km2) Beaumaris, Amlwch, Holyhead, Llangefni, Menai Bridge
Angus 889 square miles (2,300 km2) Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir, Montrose
Antrim 1,175 square miles (3,000 km2) Belfast, Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carnlough, Larne, Portrush
Argyll (Argyllshire) 3,110 square miles (8,100 km2) Lochgilphead, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Inveraray, Oban, Tobermory
Armagh 512 square miles (1,300 km2) Armagh, Newry
Ayrshire 1,129 square miles (2,900 km2) Ayr, Cumnock, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Kilwinning, Largs, Saltcoats, Troon
Banffshire 641 square miles (1,700 km2) Banff, Buckie, Dufftown, Keith, Macduff, Portsoy
Bedfordshire 465 square miles (1,200 km2) Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Sandy
Berkshire 722 square miles (1,900 km2) Reading, Abingdon, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham
Berwickshire 457 square miles (1,200 km2) Greenlaw, Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth, Lauder
Brecknockshire (Breconshire) 743 square miles (1,900 km2) Brecon, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Llanwrtyd Wells, Talgarth
Buckinghamshire 745 square miles (1,900 km2) Aylesbury, Buckingham, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Slough
Buteshire 225 square miles (580 km2) Rothesay, Brodick, Lochranza, Millport
Caernarfonshire (Carnarvonshire) 480 square miles (1,200 km2) Caernarfon, Bangor, Conwy, Llandudno, Porthmadog, Pwllheli
Caithness 618 square miles (1,600 km2) Wick, Castletown, Halkirk, Thurso
Cambridgeshire 820 square miles (2,100 km2) Cambridge, Ely, Chatteris, March, Cambridgeshire, Whittlesey, Wisbech
Cardiganshire 815 square miles (2,100 km2) Cardigan, Aberystwyth, Lampeter, New Quay, Tregaron
Carmarthenshire 1,095 square miles (2,800 km2) Carmarthen, Ammanford, Kidwelly, Llandovery, Llanelli, St Clears
Cheshire 1,027 square miles (2,700 km2) Chester, Birkenhead, Crewe, Macclesfield, Runcorn, Stockport, Wallasey
Clackmannanshire 48 square miles (120 km2) Clackmannan, Alloa, Dollar, Tillicoultry, Tullibody
Cornwall 1,349 square miles (3,500 km2) Bodmin, Truro, Camborne, Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance, Redruth, St Austell
Cromartyshire 370 square miles (960 km2) Cromarty, Ullapool
Cumberland 1,516 square miles (3,900 km2) Carlisle, Brampton, Keswick, Penrith, Whitehaven, Workington
Denbighshire 640 square miles (1,700 km2) Ruthin, Abergele, Denbigh, Llangollen, Wrexham
Derbyshire 1,029 square miles (2,700 km2) Derby, Ashbourne, Buxton, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Matlock, Swadlincote
Devon 2,405 square miles (6,200 km2) Exeter, Plymouth, Barnstaple, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay
Dorset 980 square miles (2,500 km2) Dorchester, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
Down 950 square miles (2,500 km2) Downpatrick, Bangor, Holywood, Newcastle, Strangford
Dumbartonshire 241 square miles (620 km2) Dumbarton, Alexandria, Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Helensburgh, Kirkintilloch
Dumfriesshire 1,063 square miles (2,800 km2) Dumfries, Annan, Gretna, Langholm, Lockerbie, Moffat, Sanquhar
Durham 1,015 square miles (2,600 km2) Durham, Gateshead, Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Sunderland, Washington
East Lothian 267 square miles (690 km2) Haddington, Dunbar, East Linton, North Berwick, Tranent
Essex 1,542 square miles (4,000 km2) Chelmsford, Basildon, Brentwood, Colchester, Harlow, Southend-on-Sea, Stratford
Fermanagh 715 square miles (1,900 km2) Enniskillen, Belleek, Irvinestown
Fife 504 square miles (1,300 km2) Cupar, Dunfermline, Burntisland, Cowdenbeath, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews
Flintshire 640 square miles (1,700 km2) Mold, Connah's Quay, Buckley, Flint, Holywell, Prestatyn, Rhyl, St Asaph
Glamorgan 845 square miles (2,200 km2) Cardiff, Swansea, Barry, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath, Pontypridd
Gloucestershire 1,225 square miles (3,200 km2) Gloucester, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Hampshire 1,622 square miles (4,200 km2) Winchester, Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Newport
Herefordshire 833 square miles (2,200 km2) Hereford, Bromyard, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye
Hertfordshire 727 square miles (1,900 km2) Hertford, St Albans, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford
Huntingdonshire 359 square miles (930 km2) Huntingdon, Ramsey, St Ives, St Neots, Yaxley
Inverness-shire 4,211 square miles (11,000 km2) Inverness, Fort William, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Portree
Kent 1,555 square miles (4,000 km2) Maidstone, Canterbury, Bromley, Dover, Folkestone, Greenwich, Rochester
Kincardineshire 380 square miles (980 km2) Stonehaven, Banchory, Inverbervie, Laurencekirk
Kirkcudbrightshire 899 square miles (2,300 km2) Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, New Galloway
Lanarkshire 879 square miles (2,300 km2) Lanark, Glasgow, Coatbridge, Carluke, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Motherwell
Lancashire 1,880 square miles (4,900 km2) Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Barrow-in-Furness, Bolton, Warrington
Leicestershire 800 square miles (2,100 km2) Leicester, Coalville, Hinckley, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Melton Mowbray
Lincolnshire 2,646 square miles (6,900 km2) Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, Grimsby, Louth, Scunthorpe, Skegness, Stamford
Londonderry 816 square miles (2,100 km2) Londonderry, Coleraine, Limavady
Merionethshire 780 square miles (2,000 km2) Bala, Barmouth, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dolgellau, Harlech, Towyn
Middlesex 285 square miles (740 km2) London, Brentford, Westminster, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Potters Bar, Staines, Twickenham
Midlothian 362 square miles (940 km2) Edinburgh, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Musselburgh, Penicuik
Monmouthshire 530 square miles (1,400 km2) Monmouth, Newport, Abergavenny, Blackwood, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Tredegar
Montgomeryshire 780 square miles (2,000 km2) Montgomery, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Newtown, Welshpool
Morayshire 476 square miles (1,200 km2) Elgin, Fochabers, Lossiemouth, Forres, Rothes
Nairnshire 200 square miles (520 km2) Nairn, Auldearn, Cawdor
Norfolk 2,044 square miles (5,300 km2) Norwich, Cromer, East Dereham, Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton, King's Lynn
Northamptonshire 984 square miles (2,500 km2) Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough
Northumberland 2,018 square miles (5,200 km2) Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Alnwick, (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Hexham, Morpeth
Nottinghamshire 825 square miles (2,100 km2) Nottingham, Mansfield, Newark-on-Trent, Retford, Southwell, Worksop
Orkney 376 square miles (970 km2) Kirkwall, Balfour, Stromness
Oxfordshire 756 square miles (2,000 km2) Oxford, Banbury, Bicester, Carterton, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Witney
Peeblesshire 548 square miles (1,400 km2) Peebles, Innerleithen, West Linton
Pembrokeshire 655 square miles (1,700 km2) Pembroke, Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Tenby, St David's
Perthshire 2,493 square miles (6,500 km2) Perth, Blairgowrie, Callander, Coupar Angus, Crieff, Kincardine, Pitlochry, Rattray
Radnorshire 485 square miles (1,300 km2) Presteigne, Knighton, Llandrindod Wells, New Radnor, Rhayader
Renfrewshire 245 square miles (630 km2) Renfrew, Barrhead, Greenock, Johnstone, Kilmacolm, Paisley, Port Glasgow
Ross-shire 3,089 square miles (8,000 km2) Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Stornaway, Tain
Roxburghshire 666 square miles (1,700 km2) Jedburgh, Hawick, Kelso, Melrose, Roxburgh
Rutland 152 square miles (390 km2) Oakham, Cottesmore, Uppingham
Selkirkshire 267 square miles (690 km2) Selkirk, Galashiels
Shetland 551 square miles (1,400 km2) Lerwick, Baltasound, Scalloway
Shropshire 1,343 square miles (3,500 km2) Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Telford, Whitchurch
Somerset 1,640 square miles (4,200 km2) Taunton, Bath, Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Wells, Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil
Staffordshire 1,171 square miles (3,000 km2) Stafford, Lichfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Cannock, Walsall
Stirlingshire 447 square miles (1,200 km2) Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Denny, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Kilsyth
Suffolk 1,489 square miles (3,900 km2) Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Bungay, Felixstowe, Haverhill, Lowestoft, Sudbury
Surrey 758 square miles (2,000 km2) Guildford, Brixton, Croydon, Egham, Farnham, Kingston upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Woking
Sussex 1,458 square miles (3,800 km2) Chichester, Bognor Regis, Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Horsham, Worthing
Sutherland 2,028 square miles (5,300 km2) Dornoch, Brora, Durness, Golspie, Helmsdale, Lairg, Tongue
Tyrone 1,260 square miles (3,300 km2) Omagh, Cookstown, Dungannon, Strabane
Warwickshire 885 square miles (2,300 km2) Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon
West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) 120 square miles (310 km2) Linlithgow, Armadale, Bathgate, Bo'ness, Broxburn, Livingston, Whitburn
Westmorland 783 square miles (2,000 km2) Appleby in Westmorland, Ambleside, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Windermere
Wigtownshire 487 square miles (1,300 km2) Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Whithorn
Wiltshire 1,370 square miles (3,500 km2) Salisbury, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Swindon, Trowbridge, Warminster
Worcestershire 738 square miles (1,900 km2) Worcester, Dudley, Evesham, Great Malvern, Halesowen, Kidderminster, Stourbridge
Yorkshire 6,066 square miles (16,000 km2) York

East Riding: Kingston upon Hull, Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield, Filey, Hornsea

North Riding: Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Scarborough, Whitby

West Riding: Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, Halifax, Harrogate

Counties (Local Government) Districts & Principal Areas change

See also

Local government administrative areas have different functions and powers in each of the different countries in the United Kingdom (England and the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) This resulted from devolution of administrative, executive, or legislative authority to the new institutions operating. The areas administered by local government have different types of names in the different parts of the United Kingdom.

There is a total of 326 English districts. As the structure of local government in England is not uniform, there are currently four principal types of district-level subdivision (numbers shown in brackets)

  1. Metropolitan borough (36)
  2. Non-Metropolitan district (Shire District) (201)
  3. Unitary authority (55)
  4. London boroughs (32)

As a result, in parts of England there are local government counties with districts in them.[1] In other parts there are counties with just one district, and in those parts there is only one council, which is the district council or the county council.[2] Greater London is not a county; it has City of London, London Borough Councils, and a Greater London Authority. The Council of the Isles of Scilly is unique but is in effect a county council operating as unitary authority.

  • Scotland

In Scotland there are "local government areas"[3] but most people call them "council areas".

  • Wales

In Wales there are "principal areas".[4] Some councils' areas in Wales are called "counties" and others "county boroughs".

  • Northern Ireland

In 1972, administrative functions in the Counties of Northern Ireland were replaced by 26 unitary authorities.[5]

County Type Part of the UK Council Districts in the county/area
Aberdeen council area Scotland City Council none
Aberdeenshire council area Scotland Council none
Angus Council area Scotland Council none
Argyll and Bute council area Scotland Council none
Bath and North East Somerset county England (district council) Bath and North East Somerset
Bedford county England (district council) Borough of Bedford
Berkshire county England none Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham
Blackburn with Darwen county England (district council) Borough of Blackburn with Darwen
Blackpool county England (district council) Borough of Blackpool
Blaenau Gwent principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Bournemouth county England (district council) Borough of Bournemouth
Bridgend principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Brighton and Hove county England (district council) City of Brighton and Hove
Bristol county England (district council) City of Bristol
Buckinghamshire county England County Council Aylesbury Vale, South Bucks, Chiltern, Wycombe
Cambridgeshire county England County Council Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire
Caerphilly principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Cardiff principal area Wales City and County Council none
Carmarthenshire principal area Wales County Council none
Central Bedfordshire county England (district council) Central Bedfordshire
Ceredigion principal area Wales County Council none
Cheshire East county England (district council) Cheshire East
Cheshire West and Chester county England (district council) Cheshire West and Chester
Clackmannanshire council area Scotland Council none
Conwy principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Cornwall county England Council none
Cumbria county England County Council Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden, South Lakeland
Denbighshire principal area Wales County Council none
Derby county England (district council) City of Derby
Derbyshire county England County Council Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, South Derbyshire
Devon county England County Council East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, West Devon
Dorset county England County Council Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, East Dorset, Christchurch
Dumfries and Galloway council area Scotland Council none
Dundee council area Scotland City Council none
County Durham county England County Council none
East Ayrshire council area Scotland Council none
East Dunbartonshire council area Scotland Council none
East Lothian council area Scotland Council none
East Renfrewshire council area Scotland Council none
East Riding of Yorkshire county England (district council) East Riding of Yorkshire
East Sussex county England County Council Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother, Wealden,
Edinburgh council area Scotland City Council none
Essex county England County Council Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Tendring, Uttlesford
Falkirk council area Scotland Council none
Fife council area Scotland Council none
Flintshire principal area Wales County Council none
Glasgow council area Scotland City Council none
Gloucestershire county England County Council Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Greater London Region England Authority Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, City of Westminster
Greater Manchester metropolitan county England Authority Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, City of Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan
Gwynedd principal area Wales County Council none
Halton county England (district council) Borough of Halton
Hampshire county England County Council Basingstoke and Deane, Eastleigh, East Hampshire, Fareham, Gosport, Hart, Havant, New Forest, Rushmoor, Test Valley, City of Winchester
Hartlepool county England (district council) Borough of Hartlepool
Herefordshire county England (district council) Herefordshire
Hertfordshire county England County Council Broxbourne, Dacorum, East Hertfordshire, Hertsmere, North Hertfordshire, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield
Highland council area Scotland Council none
Inverclyde council area Scotland Council none
Isle of Anglesey principal area Wales County Council none
Isle of Wight county England Council none
Kent county England County Council Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Kingston upon Hull county England (district council) Kingston upon Hull
Lancashire county England County Council Burnley, Chorley, South Ribble, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, West Lancashire, Wyre
Leicester county England (district council) City of Leicester
Leicestershire county England County Council Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, Oadby and Wigston
Lincolnshire county England County Council Boston, East Lindsey, Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Holland, South Kesteven, West Lindsey
City of London county England City of London Corporation none
Luton county England (district council) Borough of Luton
Medway county England (district council) City of Medway
Merseyside metropolitan county England none Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral
Merthyr Tydfil principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Middlesbrough county England (district council) Borough of Middlesbrough
Midlothian council area Scotland Council none
Milton Keynes county England (district council) Borough of Milton Keynes
Monmouthshire principal area Wales County Council none
Moray council area Scotland Council none
Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) council area Scotland Council none
Neath Port Talbot principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Newport principal area Wales City Council none
Norfolk county England County Council Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich, South Norfolk
Northamptonshire county England County Council Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, Wellingborough
North Ayrshire council area Scotland Council none
North East Lincolnshire county England (district council) North East Lincolnshire
Northern Ireland Region Northern Ireland Assembly Antrim, Ards, Armagh, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Derry, Down, Dungannon and South Tyrone, Fermanagh, Larne, Limavady, Lisburn, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newry and Mourne, Newtownabbey, North Down, Omagh, Strabane
North Lanarkshire council area Scotland Council none
North Lincolnshire county England (district council) North Lincolnshire
North Somerset county England (district council) North Somerset
Northumberland county England County Council none
North Yorkshire county England County Council Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby
Nottingham county England (district council) City of Nottingham
Nottinghamshire county England County Council Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, Rushcliffe
Orkney Islands council area Scotland Council none
Oxfordshire county England County Council Oxford, Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire
Pembrokeshire principal area Wales County Council none
Perth and Kinross council area Scotland Council none
Peterborough county England (district council) City of Peterborough
Plymouth county England (district council) Portsmouth City of Plymouth
Poole county England (district council) Borough of Poole
Portsmouth county England (district council) City of Portsmouth
Powys principal area Wales County Council none
Redcar and Cleveland county England (district council) Borough of Redcar and Cleveland
Renfrewshire council area Scotland Council none
Rutland county England (district council) Rutland
Scottish Borders council area Scotland Council none
Shetland Islands council area Scotland Council none
Shropshire county England Council none
Somerset county England County Council Mendip, South Somerset, Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor, West Somerset
Southampton county England (district council) City of Southampton
South Ayrshire council area Scotland Council none
Southend-on-Sea county England (district council) Borough of Southend-on-Sea
South Gloucestershire county England (district council) South Gloucestershire
South Lanarkshire council area Scotland Council none
South Yorkshire metropolitan county England none Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield
Staffordshire county England County Council Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth
Stirling council area Scotland Council none
Stockton-on-Tees county England (district council) Borough of Stockton-on-Tees
Stoke-on-Trent county England (district council) City of Stoke-on-Trent
Swindon county England (district council) Borough of Swindon
Suffolk county England County Council Babergh, Forest Heath, Ipswich, Mid Suffolk, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk Coastal, Waveney
Surrey county England County Council Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, Woking
Swansea principal area Wales City and County Council none
Telford and Wrekin county England (district council) Borough of Telford and Wrekin
Thurrock county England (district council) Borough of Thurrock
Torbay county England (district council) Borough of Torbay
Torfaen principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Tyne and Wear metropolitan county England none Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland
Vale of Glamorgan principal area Wales County Borough Council none
Warrington county England (district council) Borough of Warrington
Warwickshire county England County Council North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick
West Dunbartonshire council area Scotland Council none
West Lothian council area Scotland Council none
West Midlands metropolitan county England none Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton
West Sussex county England County Council Adur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex, Worthing
West Yorkshire metropolitan county England none Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield
Wiltshire county England Council none
Worcestershire county England County Council Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon, Wyre Forest
Wrexham principal area Wales County Borough Council none
York county England (district council) City of York
Other areas:
Inner Temple liberty England The Sub-Treasurer none
Isles of Scilly England Council none
Middle Temple liberty England The Undertreasurer none

Ceremonial Counties & Lieutenancy Areas change

The Queen appoints officers called "lord-lieutenants" and High Sheriff in ceremonial counties and lieutenancy areas. The UK area in which their duties are carried out is usually called a ceremonial county except in Scotland, where they are called "Lieutenancy Areas". In Scotland only a lord-lieutenant is appointed to each lieutenancy area.

Ceremonial Counties (England, Northern Ireland and Wales) change

A ceremonial county in England and Wales is a local government county or a group of local government counties. In Northern Ireland it is a county or county borough.

Ceremonial County Consisting of:
Antrim County of Antrim
Armagh County of Armagh
Bedfordshire Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton
Belfast City Belfast County Borough
Berkshire Berkshire
Bristol City of Bristol
Buckinghamshire Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes
Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Cheshire Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington
City of London The City of London
Clwyd Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham
Cornwall Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Cumbria Cumbria
Derbyshire Derbyshire and Derby
Devon Devon, Plymouth and Torbay
Dorset Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole
Down County of Down
Durham Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, and the part of Stockton-on-Tees which is north of the River Tees
Dyfed Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire
East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston-upon-Hull
East Sussex East Sussex and Brighton and Hove
Essex Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock
Fermanagh County of Fermanagh
Gloucestershire Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire
Greater London Greater London apart from the City of London
Greater Manchester Greater Manchester
Gwent Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Newport
Gwynedd Anglesey, Gwynedd
Hampshire Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton
Herefordshire Herefordshire
Hertfordshire Hertfordshire
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
Kent Kent and Medway
Lancashire Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool
Leicestershire Leicestershire and Leicester
Lincolnshire Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire
Londonderry County of Londonderry
Londonderry City Londonderry County Borough
Merseyside Merseyside
Mid Glamorgan Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff
Norfolk Norfolk
North Yorkshire North Yorkshire, York, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and the part of Stockton-on-Tees which is south of the River Tees
Northamptonshire Northamptonshire
Northumberland Northumberland
Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire and Nottingham
Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
Powys Powys
Rutland Rutland
Shropshire Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin
Somerset Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan
South Yorkshire South Yorkshire
Staffordshire Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
Suffolk Suffolk
Surrey Surrey
Tyne and Wear Tyne and Wear
Tyrone County of Tyrone
Warwickshire Warwickshire
West Glamorgan Neath Port Talbot, Swansea
West Midlands West Midlands
West Sussex West Sussex
West Yorkshire West Yorkshire
Wiltshire Wiltshire and Swindon
Worcestershire Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Areas (Scotland) change

Area Name Areas covered[2]
Aberdeenshire Aberdeenshire (historic) except parts in the City of Aberdeen
Angus The Angus principal area
Argyll and Bute The former district of Argyll and Bute
Ayrshire and Arran The former districts of Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Cunninghame, and Kyle and Carrick
Banffshire Banffshire (historic)
Berwickshire The former district of Berwickshire
Caithness Caithness
Clackmannan The former district of Clackmannan
Dumfries The former districts of Nithsdale, and Annandale and Eskdale
Dunbartonshire The former districts of Dumbarton, Clydebank, Bearsden and Milngavie, Strathkelvin, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, South Lenzie/Waterside ward
East Lothian The former district of East Lothian
Fife Fife
Inverness The former districts of Lochaber, Inverness, and Badenoch and Strathspey
Kincardineshire Kincardineshire (historic) except Nigg
Lanarkshire The former districts of Monklands, Motherwell, Hamilton, East Kilbride, Clydesdale, and various other parts of the former Strathclyde region
Midlothian The former district of Midlothian
Moray Morayshire except those in the former Highland Region
Nairn The former district of Nairn
Orkney Orkney
Perth and Kinross The Perth and Kinross principal area
Renfrewshire The former districts of Eastwood, Renfrew, and Inverclyde
Ross and Cromarty The former districts of Ross and Cromarty, and Skye and Lochalsh
Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale The former districts of Roxburgh, and Ettrick and Lauderdale
Shetland Shetland
Stirling and Falkirk The former districts of Stirling and Falkirk
Sutherland The former district of Sutherland
The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright The former district of Stewartry
Tweeddale The former district of Tweeddale (Peeblesshire)
West Lothian The former district of West Lothian
Western Isles Na h-Eileanan Siar
Wigtown The former district of Wigtown

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  1. Census Report, 1891 (General Register Office)
  2. SI 1996 No. 731 The Lord-Lieutenants (Scotland) Order 1996

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