Perthshire (Siorrachd Pheairt in Gaelic), officially the County of Perth, is a registration county in central Scotland. It extends from Strathmore in the east, to the Pass of Drumochter in the north, Rannoch Moor and Ben Lui in the west, and Aberfoyle in the south. It was a local government county from 1890 to 1930.
Perthshire was known as the "big county" and had a wide variety of landscapes, from the rich agricultural straths in the east, to the high mountains of the southern Highlands.
Perthshire was a top-level local government area between 1890-1975, governed by a county council. From 1930 a joint county council was formed with the neighbouring small county of Kinross-shire.
The county was abolished in 1975 by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and split between Central and Tayside Regions:
* West Perthshire (the area west and south of Killin including Callander, Crianlarich and Aberfoyle) was included in the Stirling District of Central Region.
* The parish of Muckhart was made part of Clackmannan District, also in Central Region.
* Longforgan was included in the City of Dundee District, in Tayside Region.
* The remainder of the county was combined with the county of Kinross and the Angus parish of Kettins to form Perth and Kinross District in Tayside.
The two-tier system introduced in 1975 was replaced by a system of unitary authorities in 1996. The area of the former county is now divided between the council areas of Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross and Stirling. The area included in Dundee in 1975 was transferred to Perth and Kinross.
The Perthshire county boundary is still used for the purposes of land registration. Perthshire extended to 5300 km².
Wording courtesy of http://www.wikipedia.org/
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