The lieutenancy areas of Scotland are the areas used for the ceremonial lord-lieutenants, the monarch's representatives, in Scotland. The lord-lieutenants' titles chosen by the monarch and her legal advisers are mainly based on placenames of the traditional counties of Scotland. In 1794 permanent lieutenancies were established by Royal Warrant. By the Militia Act 1797 (37 Geo.3, C.103), the lieutenants appointed "for the Counties, Stewartries, Cities, and Places" were given powers to raise and command County Militia Units.

While in their lieutenancies, lord lieutenants are among the few individuals in Scotland officially permitted to fly a banner of the Royal Arms of Scotland, the "Lion Rampant" as it is more commonly known.

Lieutenancy areas are different from the current local government council areas and their committee areas. They also differ from other subdivisions of Scotland including sheriffdoms and former regions and districts.

The Lord Provosts of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow also act ex officio as lord-lieutenants. This is a unique right in the United Kingdom: all other lord-lieutenants are appointed by the monarch, rather than being elected politicians.


Lieutenancy areas of Scotland

Definition of the areas

Each Lord-Lieutenant of a county holding office immediately prior to the local government reorganisation of Scotland on 16 May 1975 was appointed to an area (usually the traditional county area) within the regions and districts which were established on that date. The regions and districts were themselves superseded on 1 April 1996, but the lieutenancy areas remain the same (with minor border adjustments in some based on new council area boundaries).

County Lieutenancy title Former region Part of the former region included
Aberdeen Aberdeenshire Grampian The County of Aberdeen as existing before 16 May 1975, except that part in the City of Aberdeen
Angus Angus Tayside District of Angus
Argyll Argyll and Bute Strathclyde District of Argyll and Bute
Ayr Ayrshire and Arran Strathclyde Districts of Cunninghame, Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Kyle and Carrick and Cumnock and Doon Valley
Banff Banffshire Grampian the county of Banff as existing before 16 May 1975
Berwick Berwickshire Borders District of Berwickshire
Caithness Caithness Highland District of Caithness
Clackmannan Clackmannan or Clackmannanshire Central District of Clackmannan
Dumfries Dumfries or Dumfriesshire Dumfries and Galloway Districts of Nithsdale and Annandale and Eskdale
Dunbarton Dunbartonshire (the County being spelt with "N" Dunbartonshire and the town with "M" Dumbarton) Strathclyde Districts of Dumbarton, Clydebank, Bearsden and Milngavie, Strathkelvin and Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
East Lothian East Lothian Lothian District of East Lothian
Fife Fife Fife Entire Region
Inverness Inverness or Inverness-shire Highland Districts of Lochaber, Inverness and Badenoch and Strathspey
Kincardine Kincardineshire Grampian The county of Kincardine as existing before 16 May 1975, except that part in the City of Aberdeen
Kinross (held jointly with Perth) Perth and Kinross Tayside District of Perth and Kinross
Stewartry of Kirkcudbright Kirkcudbrightshire or Stewartry of Kirkcudbright Dumfries and Galloway District of Stewartry
Lanarkshire Lanarkshire Strathclyde Districts of Monklands, Motherwell, Hamilton, East Kilbride and Lanark
Midlothian Midlothian Lothian District of Midlothian
Moray Morayshire Grampian Such part of the county of Moray as existing before 16 May 1975 as lies within the Region
Nairn Nairn Highland District of Nairn
Orkney Orkney Orkney Islands Area Entire area
Peebles Peeblesshire Borders District of Tweeddale
Perth (held jointly with Kinross) Perth and Kinross Tayside District of Perth and Kinross
Renfrew Renfrewshire Strathclyde Districts of Eastwood, Renfrew and Inverclyde
Ross and Cromarty Ross and Cromarty Highland Districts of Ross and Cromarty and Skye and Lochalsh
Roxburgh (held jointly with Selkirk) Roxburgh or Roxburghshire (held with Ettrick and Lauderdale) Borders District of Roxburgh
Selkirk (held jointly with Roxburgh) Ettrick and Lauderdale (held with Roxburgh) Borders District of Ettrick and Lauderdale
Stirling Stirling and Falkirk Central Districts of Stirling and Falkirk
Sutherland Sutherland Highland District of Sutherland
West Lothian West Lothian Lothian District of West Lothian
- Western Isles Western Isles Islands Area Entire area
Wigtown Wigtown or Wigtownshire Dumfries and Galloway District of Wigtown
Zetland Shetland Shetland Islands Area Entire area

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