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(Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn
in Gaelic) or the County of Dumbarton
, is a lieutenancy area and a registration county of Scotland. Between 1890 and 1975 it was a county. The area had been previously been part of the historic district of Lennox, which was a duchy in the Peerage of Scotland, see Duke of Lennox.
Dumbarton was formerly the county town. Dumbartonshire County Council was set up in 1889/90, and at the beginning of the 20th century, some influential councillors had spelling of the County name changed from Dumbartonshire
. The justification was that that Dumbarton derives from the Gaelic Dùn Breatainn
, but the town stuck with the name Dumbarton, and some people continue to refer to the county as Dumbartonshire. The county retained a large exclave despite the boundary changes in the 1890s elsewhere in Scotland, containing Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld, between Stirlingshire and Lanarkshire.
The county council disappeared in 1974/5 when local government in Scotland was reorganised. The council area was then divided into Dumbarton District Council
, Bearsden and Milngavie District Council
, Clydebank District Council
and Strathkelvin District Council
, the latter also containing a small part of the former Lanarkshire. For some major functions such as education, police, etc., the old County Council of Dunbarton was absorbed at the same time into the much larger Strathclyde Regional Council
The Regional identity was retained for some major functions such as fire service and police at the next reorganisation of local government in 1996, but for most purposes the area then found itself served by three new councils: Argyll and Bute Council
(which took over the Helensburgh and Lomond part of Dumbarton District), West Dunbartonshire Council
and East Dunbartonshire Council
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Subdivisions created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889
Aberdeenshire | Angus | Argyll | Ayrshire | Banffshire | Berwickshire | Bute | Caithness | Clackmannanshire | Dumfriesshire | Dunbartonshire | East Lothian | Fife | Inverness-shire | Kincardineshire | Kinross-shire | Kirkcudbrightshire | Lanarkshire | Midlothian | Moray | Nairnshire | Orkney | Peeblesshire | Perthshire | Renfrewshire | Ross and Cromarty | Roxburghshire | Selkirkshire | Shetland | Stirlingshire | Sutherland | West Lothian | Wigtownshire
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