Old County of Ayrshire

A former county of SW Scotland situated on the Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire extended to 1132 sq. miles (2931 sq. km) and was bounded to the NE by Renfrewshire, the E by Lanarkshire and Dumfriesshire, to the SE by Kirkcudbrightshire and to the S by Wigtownshire. It comprised the ancient divisions of Cunninghame in the north, Kyle in the centre and Carrick in the south, these three areas being separated by the Irvine and Doon rivers. The chief settlements were the county town of Ayr, together with Irvine, Kilmarnock and Prestwick. In 1974 the county was incorporated into Strathclyde Region and in the local government reorganisation of 1996 it emerged as North, East and South Ayrshire Council Areas.

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