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West Lothian, Scotland

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The County of West Lothian was also known as Linlithgowshire. In 1975 West Lothian was abolished and this area became part of Lothian region. County of West Lothian, Scotlands Places West Lothian re-instated as a County by 2005.

West Lothian lies on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth and is predominantly rural, though there were extensive coal, iron, and shale oil mining operations in the 18th and 19th centuries, which created distinctive red spoil heaps (locally known as "bings") throughout the council area. The old county town was the royal burgh of Linlithgow, but the largest town (and the second largest town in Lothian after Edinburgh) is now Livingston.

Famous people from West Lothian include:

  • Susan Boyle, from Blackburn, a singer who achieved fame on the TV series Britain's Got Talent
  • Ian Colquhoun, from Livingston, author and actor
  • Dario Franchitti, from Whitburn, four-time Indy Car series champion, and three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500
  • Leon Jackson, from Whitburn, winner of The X Factor in 2007
  • James the Fifth, born at Linlithgow Palace, King of Scots
  • Mary, born at Linlithgow Palace, Queen of Scots
  • Paul di Resta, from Uphall, DTM race driver for Mercedes-Benz, and the cousin of Dario Franchitti
  • Alex Salmond, from Linlithgow, politician and former First Minister of Scotland
  • David Tennant, from Bathgate, actor
  • Sir Charles Wyville Thompson, from Linlithgow, biologist

Genealogy Resources for West Lothian

  • Visitation(s) of England and Wales County Index entries for persons whose pedigree first entry, or family seat, in the Visitation(s) is in West Lothian (Linlithgowshire), or who appears listed in a pedigree, addendum or correction to the Visitation(s) as born in West Lothian (Linlithgowshire).

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