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Abbreviations for English and Welsh counties

The following abbreviations will be used in Agricultural History Review from Volume 64 Part 1 onwards. The point of the point at the end is that it goes on all abbreviations that do not end with the last letter of the unabbreviated word (same goes for St, Dr, Mr, Mrs, but Rev., Prof.). Middx is the only county abbreviation that does not have a point at the end. County names with five letters or fewer are not abbreviated and therefore do not have a point at the end.

Abbreviations for county names (and London) are always used in in footnotes (though the first citation of a work should use the publisher’s spelling) and sometimes in the text, when appropriate; examples include long lists of counties, typically in parentheses or in table captions, or single county names in parentheses following a place-name, e.g. Landford (Wilts.).

As with other conventions, common sense should be used. If in doubt, contact the Editor.

Note that the Scots and Irish county abbreviations have never been put to the test and if we are publishing your paper, we will follow your recommendations.

English counties

Bedfordshire – Beds.
Berkshire – Berks.
Buckinghamshire – Bucks.
Cambridgeshire – Cambs.
Cheshire – Ches.
Cornwall – Cornw.
Cumberland – Cumb.
Derbyshire – Derbs.
Devon
Dorset – Dors.
(County) Durham – Dur.
Essex
Gloucestershire – Glos.
Hampshire – Hants.
Herefordshire – Heref.
Hertfordshire – Herts.
Huntingdonshire – Hunts.
Kent
Lancashire – Lancs.
Leicestershire – Leics.
Lincolnshire – Lincs.
London – Lon.
Middlesex – Middx
Norfolk – Norf.
Northamptonshire – Northants.
Northumberland – Northumb.
Nottinghamshire – Notts.
Oxfordshire – Oxon.
Rutland – Rut.
Shropshire – Salop.
Somerset – Som.
Staffordshire – Staffs.
Suffolk – Suff.
Surrey – Surr.
Sussex – Suss.
Warkwickshire – Warks.
Westmorland – Westm.
Wiltshire – Wilts.
Worcestershire – Worcs.
Yorkshire – Yorks.

Scots counties (from NLS OS abbreviations)

Aberdeenshire – Aber.
Angus (County of Forfar until 1928) – Angus
Argyllshire – Argyll
Ayrshire – Ayr
Banffshire – Banff
Berwickshire – Berwick
Buteshire – Bute
Caithness – Caith.
Clackmannanshire – Clackm.
Cromarty – Crom.
Dumfriesshire – Dumfries
Dunbartonshire – Dunbar
East Lothian (County of Haddington until 1921) – E. Loth.
Edinburgh – Edin.
Elginshire – Elgin
Fife – Fife
Forfarshire – Forfar
Haddingtonshire – Hadd.
Inverness-shire – Inver.
Linlithgowshire – Linlith.
Kincardineshire –Kincar.
Kinross-shire – Kinross
Kirkcudbrightshire – Kirkcud.
Lanarkshire – Lanark
Midlothian (County of Edinburgh until 1890) – Midloth.
Moray (County of Elgin until 1918) – Moray
Nairn – Nairn
Orkney – Orkney
Peeblesshire – Peebles
Perthshire – Perth
Renfrewshire – Renfrew
Ross-shire – Ross
Ross and Cromarty – Ross and Crom.
Roxburghshire – Roxb.
Selkirkshire – Selk.
Stirlingshire – Stirl.
Sutherland – Suther.
West Lothian (County of Linlithgow until 1924) – W. Loth.
Wigtownshire – Wigtown
Zetland (Shetland) – Zetland

Irish counties

Antrim – Antrim
Armagh – Armagh
Carlow – Carlow
Cavan – Cavan
Clare – Clare
Cork – Cork
Donegal – Donegal
Down – Down
Dublin – Dublin
Fermanagh – Ferm.
Galway – Galway
Kerry – Kerry
Kildare – Kildare
Kilkenny – Kilk.
Laois – Laois
Leitrim – Leitrim
Limerick – Lim.
Londonderry – Derry
Longford – Long.
Louth – Louth
Mayo – Mayo
Meath – Meath
Monaghan – Monag.
Offaly – Offaly
Roscommon – Rosc.
Sligo – Sligo
Tipperary – Tipp.
Tyrone – Tyrone
Waterford – Waterf.
Westmeath – Westmeath
Wexford – Wexford
Wicklow – Wicklow

Welsh counties

Anglesey – Angl.
Breconshire – Brecs.
Caernarfonshire – Caerns.
Cardiganshire – Cards.
Carmarthenshire – Carms.
Denbighshire – Denbs.
Flintshire – Flints.
Glamorgan – Glam.
Merionethshire – Merion.
Monmouthshire – Mons.
Montgomeryshire – Montg.
Pembrokeshire – Pembs.
Radnorshire – Rads.