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Vice counties of Great Britain (excluding Orkney and Shetland)

Watsonian vice-counties are subdivisions of Great Britain and Ireland used largely for the purposes of biological recording and other scientific data-gathering.

The vice-counties are based on the ancient counties of Britain, but often subdividing these boundaries to create smaller, more uniform units, and considering exclaves to be part of the vice county in which they locally lie. They provide a stable basis for recording using similarly-sized units, and, although grid-based reporting has grown in popularity, they remain a standard in the vast majority of ecological surveys, allowing data collected over long periods of time to be compared easily.

The vice-counties were introduced in Hewett Cottrell Watson who first used them in the third volume of his Cybele Britannica published in 1852. He refined the system somewhat in later volumes. The vice-counties remain unchanged by subsequent local government reorganisations, allowing historical and modern data to be more accurately compared.

Every vice-county in Britain has a name, and additionally, they are numbered from 1 to 112. Vice counties in Ireland are numbered from H1 to H40.


List of vice-counties


Great Britain

VC Vice county
1 West Cornwall with Scilly
2 East Cornwall
3 South Devon
4 North Devon
5 South Somerset
6 North Somerset
7 North Wiltshire
8 South Wiltshire
9 Dorset
10 Isle of Wight
11 South Hampshire
12 North Hampshire
13 West Sussex
14 East Sussex
15 East Kent
16 West Kent
17 Surrey
18 South Essex
19 North Essex
20 Hertfordshire
21 Middlesex
22 Berkshire
23 Oxfordshire
24 Buckinghamshire
25 East Suffolk
26 West Suffolk
27 East Norfolk
28 West Norfolk
29 Cambridgeshire
30 Bedfordshire
31 Huntingdonshire
32 Northamptonshire
33 East Gloucestershire
34 West Gloucestershire
35 Monmouthshire
36 Herefordshire
37 Worcestershire
38 Warwickshire
39 Staffordshire
40 Shropshire
41 Glamorganshire
42 Breconshire
43 Radnorshire
44 Carmarthenshire
45 Pembrokeshire
46 Cardiganshire
47 Montgomeryshire
48 Merionethshire
49 Caernarvonshire
50 Denbighshire
51 Flintshire
52 Anglesey
53 South Lincolnshire
54 North Lincolnshire
55 Leicestershire (with Rutland)
56 Nottinghamshire
57 Derbyshire
58 Cheshire
59 South Lancashire
60 West Lancashire
61 South-east Yorkshire
62 North-east Yorkshire
63 South-west Yorkshire
64 Mid-west Yorkshire
65 North-west Yorkshire
66 County Durham
67 South Northumberland
68 North Northumberland
69 Westmorland (with Furness)
70 Cumberland
71 Isle of Man
72 Dumfriesshire
73 Kirkcudbrightshire
74 Wigtownshire
75 Ayrshire
76 Renfrewshire
77 Lanarkshire
78 Peebleshire
79 Selkirkshire
80 Roxburghshire
81 Berwickshire
82 East Lothian
83 Midlothian
84 West Lothian
85 Fifeshire
86 Stirlingshire
87 West Perthshire
88 Mid Perthshire
89 East Perthshire
90 Angus
91 Kincardineshire
92 South Aberdeenshire
93 North Aberdeenshire
94 Banffshire
95 Moray
96 East Inverness-shire
97 West Inverness-shire
98 Argyllshire
99 Dunbartonshire
100 Clyde Isles
101 Kintyre
102 South Ebudes
103 Mid Ebudes
104 North Ebudes
105 West Ross & Cromarty
106 East Ross & Cromarty
107 East Sutherland
108 West Sutherland
109 Caithness
110 Outer Hebrides
111 Orkney
112 Shetland


VC Vice county
H1 South Kerry
H2 North Kerry
H3 West Cork
H4 Mid-Cork
H5 East Cork
H6 Waterford
H7 South Tipperary
H8 Limerick
H9 Clare
H10 North Tipperary
H11 Kilkenny
H12 Wexford
H13 Carlow
H14 Laois
H15 South-east Galway
H16 West Galway
H17 North-east Galway
H18 Offaly
H19 Kildare
H20 Wicklow
H21 Dublin
H22 Meath
H23 Westmeath
H24 Longford
H25 Roscommon
H26 East Mayo
H27 West Mayo
H28 Sligo
H29 Leitrim
H30 Cavan
H31 Louth
H32 Monaghan
H33 Fermanagh
H34 East Donegal
H35 West Donegal
H36 Tyrone
H37 Armagh
H38 Down
H39 Antrim
H40 Derry

Vice counties listed by county

County Vice counties
Bedfordshire Bedfordshire
Berkshire Berkshire
Buckinghamshire Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire, incorporating the Isle of Ely Cambridgeshire
Cheshire Cheshire
Cornwall West Cornwall with Scilly, East Cornwall
Cumberland Cumberland
Derbyshire Derbyshire
Devon South Devon, North Devon
Dorset Dorset
County Durham Durham
Essex South Essex, North Essex
Gloucestershire East Gloucestershire, West Gloucestershire
Hampshire South Hampshire, North Hampshire, Isle of Wight
Herefordshire Herefordshire
Hertfordshire Hertfordshire
Huntingdonshire Huntingdonshire
Kent East Kent, West Kent
Lancashire less Furness South Lancashire, West Lancashire
Leicestershire and Rutland Leicestershire with Rutland
Lincolnshire South Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
Middlesex Middlesex
Norfolk East Norfolk, West Norfolk
Northamptonshire, incorporating the Soke of Peterborough Northamptonshire
Northumberland South Northumberland, North Northumberland (Cheviotland)
Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
Shropshire Shropshire
Somerset South Somerset, North Somerset
Staffordshire Staffordshire
Suffolk East Suffolk, West Suffolk
Surrey Surrey
Sussex West Sussex, East Sussex
Warwickshire Warwickshire
Westmorland and Furness Westmoreland with Furness
Wiltshire North Wiltshire, South Wiltshire
Worcestershire Worcestershire
Yorkshire South-east Yorkshire, North-east Yorkshire, South-west Yorkshire, Mid-west Yorkshire, North-west Yorkshire
Anglesey Anglesey
Brecknockshire Brecknockshire
Caernarvonshire Caernarvonshire
Cardiganshire Cardiganshire
Carmarthenshire Carmarthenshire
Denbighshire and Maelor Denbighshire
Flintshire less Maelor Flintshire
Glamorgan Glamorgan
Merionethshire Merionethshire
Monmouthshire Monmouthshire
Montgomeryshire Montgomeryshire
Pembrokeshire Pembrokeshire
Radnorshire Radnorshire
Aberdeenshire South Aberdeenshire, North Aberdeenshire
Argyllshire Main Argyll, Kintyre, Mid Ebudes, South Ebudes
Ayrshire Ayrshire
Banffshire Banffshire
Berwickshire Berwickshire
Buteshire Clyde Isles
Caithness Caithness
Dumbartonshire Dumbartonshire
Dumfriesshire Dumfriesshire
Edinburghshire Edinburghshire
Elginshire Moray
Fife and Kinross-shire Fife
Forfarshire Angus
Haddingtonshire Haddingtonshire
Inverness-shire and Nairnshire less Outer Hebrides Easterness, Westerness, North Ebudes
Kincardineshire Kincardineshire
Kirkcudbrightshire Kirkcudbrightshire
Lanarkshire Lanarkshire
Linlithgowshire Linlithgowshire
Orkney Orkney
Peeblesshire Peeblesshire
Perthshire and Clackmannanshire West Perth, Mid Perth, East Perth
Renfrewshire Renfrewshire
Ross and Cromarty less Outer Hebrides East Ross, West Ross
Roxburghshire Roxburghshire
Selkirkshire Selkirkshire
Stirlingshire Stirlingshire
Sutherland East Sutherland, West Sutherland
Wigtownshire Wigtownshire
Zetland Shetland

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