Daily Archives: April 1, 2013

Aberdeenshire

ABERDEENSHIRE County in northeastern Scotland until 1975, extending from the eastern Cairngorms to the North Sea and from near Fraserburgh to Aberdeen; A ceremonial area since then;   A unitary authority from 1996, more extensive in area. The county grew … Continue reading

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Aberdeen

ABERDEEN City in northeastern Scotland, one of the four cities whose Lord Provost acts as its Lord Lieutenant.  From 1929 Aberdeen, as a County of a City, was a completely independent local authority, until 1975, when, somewhat enlarged, it became … Continue reading

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Aberconwy & Colwyn

ABERCONWY & COLWYN Proposed name for 1996 Welsh unitary authority, but CONWY prevailed..

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Åbenrå

ÅBENRÅ     Abenrade (Ger);  Aabenraa (Anglicised). Former county in southern Denmark, once part of the Duchy of Slesvig (Schleswig).   It belonged to Germany, 1864-1920, and is  now part of the county of Sønderjylland, whose capital is the town of Åbenrå.

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Abenberg

ABENBERG County in the Holy Roman Empire, in southern Germany.   The town of Abenberg is south of Nürnberg, in the Land of Bayern. The Counts, vassals of the Bishops of Bamberg, were powerful in the 11th and 12th centuries and … Continue reading

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Abaúj-Torna

ABAÚJ-TORNA   Abauj-Turña (Slovak). A county in the north of the Kingdom of Hungary.   It was drained by the River Hornád, a tributary of the Sajó, which itself flows to the River Tisza.   Its capital was Kassa (now Košice, the capital … Continue reading

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Abasgia

ABASGIA    See ABKHAZIA.

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Aarhus

AARHUS See  ÅRHUS.

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Aargau

AARGAU    Argovie(Fr);  Argovia. (1) District in the East Frankish Kingdom, mostly between the Rivers Aare and Reuss, now in northern Switzerland;  (2) a Canton of the Helvetic Republic, lying west of the lowest reaches of the Aare;  and (3) since … Continue reading

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Aalen

AALEN    Once an Imperial Free City, in southwestern Germany, in Swabia, east of Stuttgart and north of Ulm.   The town stands on the River Kocher, a tributary of the Neckar, and is now the administrative centre of the Ostalbkreis in … Continue reading

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Aaland Islands

AALAND ISLANDS See ÅLAND ISLANDS.

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Aachen

AACHEN    Aix-la-Chapelle (Fr);  Aken (Dutch). Once an Imperial Free City, in western Germany, WSW of Cologne, now a Stadtkreis in Nordrhein-Westfalen close to the German frontiers with both the Netherlands and Belgium. Its thermal springs led to the founding of … Continue reading

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Aabenraa

AABENRAA See ÅBENRÅ.

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