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Today is 23rd October 2020 .
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Wikishire is where you may find the best of Britain and Ireland.

Wikishire is where you are; whether you are on the Shetland islands or the South Shetland Islands, or the places between, Wikishire is a growing guide on all you need to know about the British and Irish lands.

Tell the world what you love about your home. Each shire, from Kent to Kerry is here, with ever-growing detail; if your town or village is not in Wikishire, or if something important is missed out, then log on, then -

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To begin, you can peruse the list of counties of the UK or Republic of Ireland, or even go directly to a random page! To accompany the encyclopædia we also have an interactive map of the counties of the British Isles.

Today's featured image is:

The hills at Torphichen, West Lothian


Torphichen is a small village in the west of West Lothian, located near Bathgate, and with a parish population of 570 at the 2011 Census. The name 'Torphichen' may be from Gaelic or Pictish or Old Welsh; all three languages met here in ancient days.

The village church is said to have been founded by St Ninian in about the year 400. The Knights Hospitaller of St John made their Scottish headquarters at Torphichen from about 1160. In modern days the village has been strongly Protestant and "came out" in the Disruption of 1843, so that the village has the oldest purpose-built Free Church. (Read more)

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