Scottish County Names

Tips to Understanding different counties:

Midlothian (formerly Edinburghshire)

Moray (formerly Elginshire)

Angus (formerly Forfarshire)

East Lothian (formerly Haddingtonshire)

West Lothian (formerly Linlithgowshire)

If you have some confusion as to why some counties contain a hyphen before the -shire suffix, it is to avoid the triple s that would otherwise result. Counties ending in a single s do not contain a hyphen.

Inverness-shire

Kinross-shire

Dumfriesshire

Peeblesshire

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