|Number of units in system:|
|Geographical Level:||7 (County)|
|ADL Feature Type:||countries, 2nd order divisions|
|May be part of:||Nation|
|May have as parts:||Scottish Burgh/District , Scottish Poor Law Combination , Scottish Parish , 1841 Occupation reporting area , New Town , Local Govt. Ward|
|May have preceded:||District/Unitary Authority|
|Possible status values:||Scottish County of City (ScoCofC)|
Counties were administrative areas in Scotland from later medieval times until 1975. Initially the unit was a judicial one, the sheriffdom. Sheriffs were local judges and crown officials appointed from the 12th century until the present day. A sheriffdom consisted of a group of parishes over which the sheriff had jurisdiction. In the mid-nineteenth century the boundaries of some counties and sheriffdoms were to diverge. Many important series of records in Scotland are arranged by county (SCAN).