Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy) is a principal area in south east Wales. The name derives from the ancient county of Monmouthshire which covers a larger area.
The ancient county of Monmouthshire was formed from the Welsh Marches by the Laws in Wales Act 1535. The county bordered Gloucestershire to the east, Herefordshire to the northeast, Brecknockshire to the north, and Glamorgan to the west. Historically there is some ambiguity as to whether the county was part of Wales or England, but since 1974 the area has been placed definitively in Wales. The eastern and southern boundaries of the historic county and principal area are the same; however, the western two-fifths of the historic county are now administered by the other unitary authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, and Newport. The administrative county of Monmouthshire, and associated Lieutenancy were abolished in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. The area largely became part of the new local government and ceremonial county of Gwent.
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