Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire
This page summarises the local government organisation of Ayrshire since 1890.
Ayrshire was one of Scotland's 34 traditional counties and was unaffected by the
reorganisation to 33 counties in 1890. It remained an independent county until 1975.
In 1890 Ayrshire had the following burghs: Ayr (royal burgh), Irvine (royal burgh), Ardrossan, Cumnock & Holmhead, Darvel, Galston, Girvan,
Kilmarnock, Kilwinning, Largs, Maybole, Newmilns & Greenholm, Saltcoats, Stewarton, Troon. Prestwick became a burgh in 1903 and Stevenston in 1952.
In 1975 there was major reorganisation as the counties were abolished and replaced by 12 Regions. Ayrshire was merged with Bute, Dunbartonshire,
Lanarkshire , Renfrewshire and most of Argyll to form Strathclyde Region.
Beneath the region in a three-tier structure were 6 sub-regions, to some extent based on the old counties. These were: Argyll, Ayr, Dunbarton,
Glasgow, Lanark, and Renfrew.
Most sub-regions were further divided into districts. Ayr was divided into 4 district councils: Cumnock & Doon Valley, Cunninghame,
Kilmarnock & Loudoun, and Kyle & Carrick.
The Isle of Arran was transferred from the County of Bute to Cunninghame district.
In 1996 there was further reorganisation as the Regions and Districts were abolished and replaced by 32 unitary councils. Ayrshire was
divided between three unitary councils: North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, and East Ayrshire. The name Strathclyde was retained for some bodies,
such as the fire brigade.
North Ayrshire includes Ardrossan, Irvine, Kilwinning, Largs, the Isle of Arran.
South Ayrshire includes Ayr, Girvan, Prestwick, Troon.
Eaast Ayrshire includes Cumnock, Kilmarnock.
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