Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Moray or Elginshire

This page summarises the local government organisation of Moray since 1890.

  • Morayshire was one of Scotland's historic counties in 1890.
  • In 1890 enclaves and exclaves (detached areas) were abolished, with two large exclaves of Moray in Inverness-shire becoming part of Inverness-shire, while a large enclave of Inverness-shire within Moray was transferred to Moray.
  • At the same time Moray was renamed Elginshire.
  • In 1890 Moray had the following burghs: Elgin (royal burgh), Forres (royal burgh), Lossiemouth & Branderburgh, Rothes. Grantown-on-Spey was confirmed as a burgh in 1898 and Burghead in 1900.
  • In 1930 the name of the county was changed to Moray, or County of Moray. It has sometimes been called Morayshire for clarity..
  • In 1975 there was major reorganisation as the counties were abolished and replaced by 12 Regions. Moray was merged with Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Banddshire and Kincardineshire to become the new Grampian Region.
  • This was a two-tier administration with five Districts: City of Aberdeen, Banff & Buchan, Gordon, Kincardine & Deeside, and Moray. However, Moray District was larger than the earlier county as it took over part of Banffshire, including Dufftown and Keith.
  • In 1996 there was further reorganisation as the Regions and Districts were abolished and replaced by 32 unitary councils. Grampian Region was abolished. Moray District became a unitary council.
  • For a list of maps go to the Moray or Elginshire page. For a full list of Scottish maps, return to the Scotland page
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