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"Elginshire" redirects here. See also Elginshire (UK Parliament constituency).

Coordinates: 57°18′N 3°18′W / 57.3°N 3.3°W / 57.3; -3.3

This article is about the County of Moray. For Moray Council, see Moray.
County (until circa 1890)
Country Scotland
County town Elgin
 • Total 1,232.7 km2 (475.9 sq mi)
  Ranked 18th
Chapman code MOR

The County of Moray (or Elginshire) (pronounced "Murray" and spelled Moireibh in Gaelic) is a Land registration county of Scotland.[1][2] The County of Moray is also the lieutenancy area of Moray.

The Civil parishes of the County of Moray are used for the recording of statistical and census data.

In the mid-19th century there were two large detached portions of Moray situated locally in Inverness-shire, and a corresponding part of Inverness-shire situated locally in Moray. Sometime before 1886, these parts were merged into the areas in which they locally lay.

The county was officially called Elginshire, or Morayshire, sharing the name of the Elginshire parliamentary constituency, so named since 1708.[3] It was formerly in use as a local government county until 1975.

Local Government

In 1975, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, most of the Local Government was combined with Local Governments of Aberlour, Buckie, Cullen, Dufftown, Findochty, Keith and Portknockie areas of the Local Government of Banffshire to form the Moray district of the Grampian region. Grantown-on-Spey and Cromdale Local Government areas were combined with Kingussie and Badenoch areas of the Inverness-shire to form the Badenoch and Strathspey district of the Highland region. In 1996 this district was superseded by the council area of Moray 1996, under the provisions of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.


There are a number of mountainous features within Moray, including Bin Hill near Cullen. Bin Hill is visible from a number of distant points including Longman Hill, situated to the east in coastal Aberdeenshire.[4]

Administrative Morayshire 1889-1975

Towns and villages of the county

Civil Parishes

Civil parishes are still used for some statistical purposes, and separate census figures are published for them. As their areas have been largely unchanged since the 19th century this allows for comparison of population figures over an extended period of time. [5] From 1845 to 1930, parishes formed part of the local government system of Scotland, having parochial boards from 1845 to 1894.

In 1861 there were 15 civil parishes entirely in Moray: [6]

In 1861 Morayshire shared various civil parishes with three surrounding counties. Five with Banffshire:

three with Inverness-shire:

and one with Nairnshire:

See also


Further reading

  • Lachlan Shaw and James Frederick Skinner Gordon (1882) The History of the Province of Moray: Comprising the Counties of Elgin and Nairn, the Greater Part of the County of Inverness and a Portion of the County of Banff, Published by Hamilton, Adams & co.,
  • C.Michael Hogan (2008) Longman Hill.
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