Island of Rockall Act 1972

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Island of Rockall Act 1972
Long titleAn Act to make provision for the incorporation of that part of Her Majesty's Dominions known as the Island of Rockall into that part of the United Kingdom known as Scotland, and for purposes connected therewith.
Citation1972 c. 2
Territorial extentUnited Kingdom
Royal assent10 February 1972
Commencement10 February 1972
Other legislation
Amended byLocal Government (Scotland) Act 1973
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted

The Island of Rockall Act 1972 (c. 2)[1] is a British Act of Parliament formally incorporating the island of Rockall into the United Kingdom to protect it from Irish and Icelandic claims. The Act as originally passed declared that the Island of Rockall was now part of the Scottish county of Inverness-shire (it is now in the Western Isles).

The entire Act consists of a single effective section, which reads, "As from the date of the passing of this Act, the Island of Rockall (of which possession was formally taken in the name of Her Majesty on 18 September 1955 in pursuance of a Royal Warrant dated 14 September 1955 addressed to the Captain of Her Majesty's Ship Vidal) shall be incorporated into that part of the United Kingdom known as Scotland and shall form part of the District of Harris in the County of Inverness, and the law of Scotland shall apply accordingly." It was amended by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to transfer administrative control to the Western Isles Council when Inverness-shire was abolished.


  1. ^ Text of the Island of Rockall Act 1972 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from