Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Argyll & Bute
This page summarises the local government organisation of Argyll and Bute since 1890.
Argyllshire and the County of Bute were two of Scotland's 34 counties before 1890.
In the 1890 reorganisation the Small Isles, notably Canna, Muck and Rùm, were transferred from Argyllshire to Inverness-shire.
Argyllshire remained a large county, stretching from Ardnamurchan in the north to Kintyre in the south, and including several islands, notably Islay and Mull.
The County of Bute included the Isle of Arran, Great Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae, as well as Bute itself.
Both the County of Bute and Argyllshire remained independent counties until 1975.
In 1890 Argyllshire had the following burghs: Campbeltown (royal burgh), Inverary (royal burgh), Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Tobermory. The county town was Inverary.
In 1890 County of Bute had the following burghs: Rothesay (royal burgh), Millport. The couny town was Rothesay.
In 1975 there was major reorganisation as the counties were abolished and replaced by 12 Regions. Both Argyllshire and Bute became part of Strathclyde.
Beneath the region in a three-tier structure were 6 sub-regions, to some extent based on the old counties. These were: Argyll, Ayr, Dunbarton,
Glasgow, Lanark, and Renfrew.
The Isle of Arran and the Cumbraes were transferred from the County of Bute to Cunninghame district in Ayr.
Bute was transferred to Argyll.
The northern tip of Argyllshire, including Ardnamurchan and Ballachulish, was transferred to Highland region.
In 1996 there was further reorganisation as the Regions and Districts were abolished and replaced by 32 unitary councils. Argyll became a unitary council and was renamed Argyll & Bute.
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