In 1975 counties ceased to be used for local government purposes in Scotland. The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 replaced the counties with regions, and each region was to have one or more Lord-Lieutenants appointed. The areas to which they were appointed approximated to the counties and were based and were defined in terms of the new local government districts.

In 1996 Scottish regional and district councils were abolished on further local government reorganisation, and since that date Lord-Lieutenants have been appointed to specified lieutenancy areas.

The map below shows the county area covered by the Lieutenancy of Moray which is in the Moray Council area. Banffshire is also in the Moray Council area.

The Lieutenancy of Moray Area