Template talk:Scottish provinces

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Insular districts[edit]

Interesting template - is there a logic for the insular districts? They seem rather patchy. Ben MacDui 18:38, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

As far as the original editor is concerned, the logic is that these were the districts printed on the "Provinces and Districts" map (Peter McNeill) of Peter McNeill and Hector MacQueen (eds.) Atlas of Scottish History to 1707 page 24. As far as McNeill's logic goes, no idea. Almost all the insular districts printed are islands themselves, the rest are the ones I put on the template. Maybe they represent late medieval/early modern lordships or parishes or something, but I couldn't say.
Would you be for dumping this section, or expanding it? Deacon of Pndapetzim (Talk) 18:52, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
Definitely the latter if that is possible or credible although I can see it might be difficult to mix sources. I don't have this Atlas and the older descriptions of Orkney and Shetland tend to describe islands rather than districts as the template suggests. Ben MacDui 19:25, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
Well, it's open to all takers. Anyone who knows another relevant insular district may add it. :) Deacon of Pndapetzim (Talk) 02:22, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
OK - I'll do this in two stages: firstly adding a sub-heading structure with the existing insular districts; then adding some additional larger islands that I am assuming qualify. Ben MacDui 09:13, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
Clyde - just assuming the two largest islands are mentioned by McNeill. I suspect Barra and the Uists are as well. The Northern Isles listed are all mentioned in George Buchanan's 1582 Regnum Scoticarum Historia. He also lists lots of smaller islands although not Sanday or Stronsay for some reason, which do appear in Blaeu's 1654 Atlas. I am assuming the list of islands is intended to be indicative rather than comprehensive. Ben MacDui 09:40, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
Looking at the template now, I notice there are lots of islands on it. When I designed it I didn't intend it to include islands, only districts which just happen to be on islands. Not that I get to control this kind of thing or anything like that, but that part of the template now looks a little ill-fitting. Deacon of Pndapetzim (Talk) 19:55, 5 June 2012 (UTC)