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(Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
in Gaelic) was one of the former counties of Scotland. The main town was Inverness.
The county covered a large mainland area and various island areas off the west coast. The mainland area had coastline in both the east and the west and included the towns of Kingussie, Fort William and Mallaig. The island areas included North Uist, South Uist, and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, and Skye and the Small Isles in the Inner Hebrides.
The county was made up of the historic districts of Inverness (without Nairn), parts of Lochaber and Badenoch during reorganisation due to Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889, this Act established a uniform system of county councils and town councils in Scotland and restructured many of Scotland’s counties. (See: History of the local government of Scotland).
Until about 1890 the mainland area was somewhat fragmented (but much less so than some other county areas in Scotland). From about 1890 onwards Inverness-shire had neighbouring counties as follow: Ross and Cromarty to the north, Nairnshire, Morayshire, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire to the east, and Perthshire and Argyll to the south.
Today the county area is divided between the unitary council areas of Highland, Na h-Eileanan Siar (the Western Isles) and Moray.
In 1972, the Isle of Rockall Act was passed, formally incorporating the tiny island of Rockall into the UK as part of Inverness-shire.
There was an Inverness-shire constituency of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 to 1801 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1918. The constituency represented the county of Inverness-shire minus the parliamentary burgh of Inverness, which was represented as a component of Inverness District of Burghs.
In 1918 the county constituency was divided between the Inverness constituency and the Western Isles constituency, which were both then new constituencies. The Inverness constituency included the burgh of Inverness, other components of the district of burghs being divided between the Moray and Nairn constituency and the Ross and Cromarty constituency.
In 1983, eight years after the local government county of Inverness-shire had been divided between the Highland and Grampian regions and the Western Isles council area, the Inverness constituency was replaced, largely by the Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber constituency.
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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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