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Roinn a' Mhonaidh
Coat of arms of Grampian
Location of Grampian
 • TypeRegional Council
 • Total8,697.72 km2 (3,358.21 sq mi)
 • RankRanked 3rd
 • Estimate 
 • RankRanked 3rd

Grampian (Scottish Gaelic: Roinn a' Mhonaidh) was one of nine former local government regions of Scotland created in 1975 by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and abolished in 1996 by the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. The region took its name from the Grampian Mountains.

It is now divided into the unitary council areas of Aberdeenshire, City of Aberdeen and Moray.


Woodhill House, Regional Headquarters
The region takes its name from the Grampian Mountains
Street in Old Aberdeen
Plainstones in Elgin

Grampian had boundaries with the Highlands to the west (Inverness-shire, Nairnshire) and Tayside to the south (Angus, Perth and Kinross). It was made up of the historical counties of Aberdeenshire, City of Aberdeen, Kincardineshire and Morayshire in northeast Scotland. Moray included the historical county of Banffshire. Grampian was divided into five districts - Aberdeen, Banff and Buchan, Gordon, Kincardine and Deeside and Moray.[1]

Aberdeen is the major city of the region. Other major towns are the former royal burgh of Elgin, the major fishing port of Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Westhill, Stonehaven, Forres, Ellon and Portlethen. Grampian Regional Council was based at Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen.[2]


Electoral history[edit]

Results History
Election Party
1982 Conservative
1986 Labour
1990 Labour
1994 Liberal Democrats

Modern day use[edit]

Grampian continues to have a regional NHS board. The region also had a regional fire and rescue service and Police service before they were merged into Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland respectively in 2013.[3] Grampian also had its own Television region called Grampian Television until it was dissolved and incorporated in STV North in 2006.[4]

Town twinning[edit]

Aberdeen is twinned with Houston, Texas.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Educational Endowments (Grampian Region) Transfer Scheme Order 1996". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Grampian Regional Council". Grampian-Houston Association. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Praise after fire service merger". The Herald. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Scottish TV and Grampian TV to merge identities". Press Gazette. 2 March 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2022.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Grampian at Wikimedia Commons

57°13′41″N 2°59′17″W / 57.228°N 2.988°W / 57.228; -2.988