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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 parish kirk of Athelstaneford, East Lothian

Athelstaneford

Athelstaneford is a village in East Lothian, north-east of the county town, Haddington, and about twenty miles east of Edinburgh.

According to popular legend, Athelstaneford is where the original Scottish saltire flag was first adopted, when the ninth century Pictish King Óengus facing the Northumbrians saw a vision of St Andrew and a white cross formed by clouds in the sky. The Northumbrians were defeated and their leader, Athelstan, was slain at a nearby ford. The legend has many forms and locations, and sober history is not kind to any of them, but it has cemented Athelstaneford's fame. (Read more)

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