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West Lothian  Scotland

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In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described West Lothian like this:

Linlithgowshire (or West Lothian), maritime co. in SE. of Scotland; is bounded N. by Firth of Forth, SE. by Edinburghshire, and W. by Lanarkshire and Stirlingshire; greatest length, NE. and SW., 19 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 14 miles; area, 76,806 ac., pop. 43,510. The coast is low; the surface is varied, but there are few hills of any height; the chief rivers are the Avon on the W. ...


and the Almond on the E. border. Much of the soil is fertile, and agriculture is in an advanced condition. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) Linlithgowshire is one of the richest mineral counties in Scotland, coal, shales, ironstone, freestone, limestone, &c., being very abundant. Paraffin oil is largely manufactured at Bathgate, Broxburn, and Uphall. The co. contains 12 pars, and 2 parts, the parl. and royal burghs of Linlithgow (Falkirk Burghs) and Queensferry (Stirling Burghs), and the police burghs of Armadale, Bathgate, Borrowstounness, and Whitburn. It returns 1 member.

West Lothian through time

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Lothian | Map and description for the county, A Vision of Britain through Time.

URL: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/17194

Date accessed: 26th September 2017


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