Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Berwickshire

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

  • Berwickshire was one of Scotland's 34 historic counties before 1890, and it was unchanged by the general reorganisation to 33 counties that took place that year. Berwick-upon-Tweed was lost to England in the 15th century so Greenlaw became the county town.
  • After a peripod of uncertainty and dispute, Duns became the official county town in 1903.
  • In 1890 Berwickshire had the following Burghs: Lauder (a royal burgh), Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth.
  • In 1975 there was major reorganisation as the counties were abolished and replaced by 12 Regions. Berwickshire was amalgamated with Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire into the new Scottish Borders Region.
  • This was a two-tier council, with four districts: Berwickshire, Ettrick & Lauderdale, Roxburgh, and Tweeddale. Berwickshire became the new Berwickshire District but Lauder and its surrounding area was transferred to Ettrick & Lauderdale.
  • In 1996 there was further reorganisation as the Regions were abolished and replaced by 32 Unitary councils. Scottish Borders became a unitary council and the districts were abolished. Five committee areas were formed, and the former Berwickshire District area became the Berwickshire committee area.
  • For a list of Berwickshire maps go to the Berwickshire page. For a full list of Scottish maps, return to the Scotland page
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