Vice Counties

Species distribution is often described with reference to one or more vice counties, which are shown in the figure below. The concept of a vice county was introduced by Hewett Cottrell Watson who first used them in the third volume of his Cybele Britannica, published in 1852, based on the ancient counties of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), although these were occasionally subdivided to create smaller, more uniform units. In 1901 Robert Lloyd Praeger introduced a similar system for Ireland. A vice county provides a stable basis for recording and remain unchanged by any government reorganisations, allowing historical and modern data to be more accurately compared.

Listings of all vice counties is given below (by name, and by number). The 112 vice counties in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) has a name and a number. Vice county 38, abbreviated to "VC38", is called "Warwickshire". The Irish vice counties are numbered from H1 to H40 ("H" for "Hibernia"). Vice county (or VC) H3 is "West Cork".

Vice County Listing - by Name

Great Britain
Vice CountyVC Vice CountyVC
Anglesey52 Montgomeryshire47
Angus90 Moray95
Argyllshire98 North Aberdeenshire93
Ayrshire75 North Devon4
Banffshire94 North Ebudes104
Bedfordshire30 North Essex19
Berkshire22 North Hampshire12
Berwickshire81 North Lincolnshire54
Breconshire42 North Northumberland68
Buckinghamshire24 North Somerset6
Caernarvonshire49 North Wiltshire7
Caithness109 Northamptonshire32
Cambridgeshire29 North-east Yorkshire62
Cardiganshire46 North-west Yorkshire65
Carmarthenshire44 Nottinghamshire56
Channel Islands113 Orkney111
Cheshire58 Outer Hebrides110
Clyde Isles100 Oxfordshire23
County Durham66 Peebleshire78
Cumberland70 Pembrokeshire45
Denbighshire50 Radnorshire43
Derbyshire57 Renfrewshire76
Dorset9 Roxburghshire80
Dumfriesshire72 Selkirkshire79
Dunbartonshire99 Shetland112
East Cornwall2 Shropshire40
East Gloucestershire33 South Aberdeenshire92
East Inverness-shire96 South Devon3
East Kent15 South Ebudes102
East Lothian82 South Essex18
East Norfolk27 South Hampshire11
East Perthshire89 South Lancashire59
East Ross106 South Lincolnshire53
East Suffolk25 South Northumberland67
East Sussex14 South Somerset5
East Sutherland107 South Wiltshire8
Fifeshire85 South-east Yorkshire61
Flintshire51 South-west Yorkshire63
Glamorganshire41 Staffordshire39
Herefordshire36 Stirlingshire86
Hertfordshire20 Surrey17
Huntingdonshire31 Warwickshire38
Isle of Man71 West Cornwall1
Isle of Wight10 West Gloucestershire34
Kincardineshire91 West Inverness-shire97
Kintyre101 West Kent16
Kirkcudbrightshire73 West Lancashire60
Lanarkshire77 West Lothian84
Leicestershire (with Rutland)55 West Norfolk28
Merionethshire48 West Perthshire87
Mid Ebudes103 West Ross105
Mid Perthshire88 West Suffolk26
Middlesex21 West Sussex13
Midlothian83 West Sutherland108
Mid-west Yorkshire64 Westmorland (with Furness)69
Monmouthshire35 Wigtownshire74
   Worcestershire37
Ireland
Vice CountyVC
AntrimH39
ArmaghH37
CarlowH13
CavanH30
ClareH9
DownH38
DublinH21
East CorkH5
East DonegalH34
East MayoH26
FermanaghH33
KildareH19
KilkennyH11
LaoisH14
LeitrimH29
LimerickH8
LondonderryH40
LongfordH24
LouthH31
MeathH22
Mid-CorkH4
MonaghanH32
North KerryH2
North TipperaryH10
North-east GalwayH17
OffalyH18
RoscommonH25
SligoH28
South KerryH1
South TipperaryH7
South-east GalwayH15
TyroneH36
WaterfordH6
West CorkH3
West DonegalH35
West GalwayH16
West MayoH27
WestmeathH23
WexfordH12
WicklowH20

Vice County Listing - by Number

Great Britain
VCVice County VCVice County
1West Cornwall 57Derbyshire
2East Cornwall 58Cheshire
3South Devon 59South Lancashire
4North Devon 60West Lancashire
5South Somerset 61South-east Yorkshire
6North Somerset 62North-east Yorkshire
7North Wiltshire 63South-west Yorkshire
8South Wiltshire 64Mid-west Yorkshire
9Dorset 65North-west Yorkshire
10Isle of Wight 66County Durham
11South Hampshire 67South Northumberland
12North Hampshire 68North Northumberland
13West Sussex 69Westmorland (with Furness)
14East Sussex 70Cumberland
15East Kent 71Isle of Man
16West Kent 72Dumfriesshire
17Surrey 73Kirkcudbrightshire
18South Essex 74Wigtownshire
19North Essex 75Ayrshire
20Hertfordshire 76Renfrewshire
21Middlesex 77Lanarkshire
22Berkshire 78Peebleshire
23Oxfordshire 79Selkirkshire
24Buckinghamshire 80Roxburghshire
25East Suffolk 81Berwickshire
26West Suffolk 82East Lothian
27East Norfolk 83Midlothian
28West Norfolk 84West Lothian
29Cambridgeshire 85Fifeshire
30Bedfordshire 86Stirlingshire
31Huntingdonshire 87West Perthshire
32Northamptonshire 88Mid Perthshire
33East Gloucestershire 89East Perthshire
34West Gloucestershire 90Angus
35Monmouthshire 91Kincardineshire
36Herefordshire 92South Aberdeenshire
37Worcestershire 93North Aberdeenshire
38Warwickshire 94Banffshire
39Staffordshire 95Moray
40Shropshire 96East Inverness-shire
41Glamorganshire 97West Inverness-shire
42Breconshire 98Argyllshire
43Radnorshire 99Dunbartonshire
44Carmarthenshire 100Clyde Isles
45Pembrokeshire 101Kintyre
46Cardiganshire 102South Ebudes
47Montgomeryshire 103Mid Ebudes
48Merionethshire 104North Ebudes
49Caernarvonshire 105West Ross
50Denbighshire 106East Ross
51Flintshire 107East Sutherland
52Anglesey 108West Sutherland
53South Lincolnshire 109Caithness
54North Lincolnshire 110Outer Hebrides
55Leicestershire (with Rutland) 111Orkney
56Nottinghamshire 112Shetland
   113Channel Islands
Ireland
VCVice County
H1South Kerry
H2North Kerry
H3West Cork
H4Mid-Cork
H5East Cork
H6Waterford
H7South Tipperary
H8Limerick
H9Clare
H10North Tipperary
H11Kilkenny
H12Wexford
H13Carlow
H14Laois
H15South-east Galway
H16West Galway
H17North-east Galway
H18Offaly
H19Kildare
H20Wicklow
H21Dublin
H22Meath
H23Westmeath
H24Longford
H25Roscommon
H26East Mayo
H27West Mayo
H28Sligo
H29Leitrim
H30Cavan
H31Louth
H32Monaghan
H33Fermanagh
H34East Donegal
H35West Donegal
H36Tyrone
H37Armagh
H38Down
H39Antrim
H40Londonderry