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This article is about the former administrative region. For other uses see Strathclyde (disambiguation).

Strathclyde (Srath Chluaidh in Gaelic, meaning "valley of the River Clyde") is a historic subdivision of Scotland, and was one of the regional council areas of Scotland from 1975 to 1996.


[edit] The Region

Strathclyde Region was named after the Kingdom of Strathclyde, which covered broadly the same area (with the significant exceptions of Argyll and the islands of Bute and Arran.1)

It was the region with the largest land area in the country, with a population in excess of 2 million and an area stretching from the Highlands to the Southern Uplands. The politics of the region were by and large dominated by the Labour Party. The largest city was Glasgow.

[edit] Sub-regions and Districts

There were 19 districts within Strathclyde Region which lay within 6 sub-regions:

Argyll Sub-region (also known as Argyll and Bute)

  • Argyll (also known as Argyll and Bute)

Ayr Sub-region

Dunbarton Sub-region

Glasgow Sub-region

Lanark Sub-region

Renfrew Sub-region

[edit] The modern unitary authorities in the former Strathclyde Region

The regional tier of government was abolished in 1996 and its responsibilities merged with the District Councils to create unitary authorities (of which there are 32 in Scotland). The following Unitary Authorities cover parts of the former Strathclyde Region:

Some local services which used to be run by the regional council are now run jointly by its successor authorities. These include the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Authority, the Strathclyde Police Force, and the Strathclyde Fire Brigade.

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