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Strathclyde region
Location in Scotland
Inventory period 1975-1996
surface 13,625 km²
Administrative headquarters Glasgow
population 2,288,000 (1996)
density 168 people / km²

Strathclyde [ stɹæθˈklaɪd ] ( Scottish Gaelic Srath Chluaidh ) was a region in western Scotland from 1975 to 1996 , around the Firth of Clyde and the metropolis of Glasgow . About half of the Scottish population lived in Strathclyde.


The literal meaning of Strathclyde is "Valley of the Clyde ". The region was named after the ancient British kingdom of Strathclyde , which stretched across western Scotland.


The region was formed in 1975 from the counties of Dunbartonshire , Ayrshire , Buteshire , Lanarkshire , Renfrewshire and parts of the counties Argyll and Stirlingshire . The region was then divided into 19  districts :

In 1996 the regions and districts in Scotland were abolished and replaced by 32  council areas . Twelve Council Areas have been established in the Strathclyde area:

Unitary Authority Old Districts
Argyll and Bute Argyll and Bute and parts of the Dumbarton district
East Ayrshire Kilmarnock and Loudoun and Cumnock and Doon Valley
East Dunbartonshire Bearsden and Milngavie and parts of the Strathkelvin District
East Renfrewshire Eastwood and from the District of Renfrew the town of Barrhead
Glasgow Glasgow excluding the Rutherglen and Cambuslang districts
Inverclyde Inverclyde
North Ayrshire Cunninghame
North Lanarkshire Cumbernauld and Kilsyth , Monklands , Motherwell and parts of the Strathkelvin District
Renfrewshire Renfrew except Barrhead town
South Ayrshire Kyle and Carrick
South Lanarkshire , Clydesdale , East Kilbride , Hamilton and, from Glasgow, Rutherglen and Cambuslang
West Dunbartonshire Clydebank and parts of the Dumbarton district


The region still exists today as a police district ("Strathclyde Police"), as a fire department ("Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service") and as a local traffic area ("Strathclyde Partnership for Transport").

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Revised Mid-year Population Estimates 1982-2000" ( Memento of November 29, 2011 in the Internet Archive ). Historic Population Statistics of Scotland.