Dumbartonshire was a former Scottish county, situated on the north bank of the River Clyde in the central west of the country. It was abolished in 1975, incorporated into the Strathclyde region, then, in 1995, was reinvented as two unitary authorities: East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire – note the change of spelling. The town Dumbarton is the administrative centre for West Dunbartonshire.
The idea of a change of spelling, adopted to avoid confusion with the county town, has no parallel during the flurry of civic administrative changes in Britain during the last quarter of the twentieth century.
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