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The name was adopted in 1963 by one of Glasgow's universities, and from 1973 to 1996 was used for an administrative region: it contained 2.3 million people, nearly half Scotland's population. The region was unpopular with people living in its more rural parts, who felt it was dominated by Glasgow. This unpopularity led to the abolition of the 1973 structure and its replacement, from 1996, by nineteen all‐purpose authorities.

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