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former county, Scotland: see under Shetland IslandsShetland Islands
, island group and council area (1993 est. pop. 22,830), 551 sq mi (1,427 sq km), extreme N Scotland, NE of the Orkney Islands. Formerly the county of Shetland or Zetland
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A fabric made of shetland wool with a raised finish and soft hand.
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a group of about 100 islands (fewer than 20 inhabited), off the N coast of Scotland, which constitute an island authority of Scotland: a Norse dependency from the 8th century until 1472; noted for the breeding of Shetland ponies, knitwear manufacturing, and fishing; oil-related industries. Administrative centre: Lerwick. Pop.: 21 870 (2003 est.). Area: 1426 sq. km (550 sq. miles)
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Ms Wishart said: "It's an honour and a privilege to be elected as the Liberal Democrat member of the Scottish Parliament for Shetland, and to make history by becoming Shetland's first female parliamentarian.
BRYDON GOODLAD CONSERVATIVE Raised in Scalloway, Shetland. He now lives in Walls with his wife and three children and works in the building trade.
The royal, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, had been due to visit the Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village and meet representatives from the Shetland Amenity Trust.
As the section has been recognised by the Shetland Sheep Society, the show will be the first in Wales to hold affiliated Shetland classes.
"I don't really have time to dwell too much on things," remarks the Glasgow-born star, who, before Shetland, was probably best known for sci-fi series Primeval.
It has led to the formation of a local company to drive forward development in what the firm says could potentially be a "major new sector" of the Shetland economy.
Energy producer Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA.L) reported on Monday the start of oil production from the Laggan and Tormore gas and condensate fields in the West of Shetland, UK.
Smith's The Literature of Shetland improves this situation a great deal.
Alison, 67, said: "I'm thrilled to be exploring some incredible wildlife against the stunning backdrop of Shetland - a place I have been longing to explore for over 20 years.
VisitScotland, Scotland's national tourism organisation, is looking to attract US holidaymakers to Shetland with its 'Born to Explore' television series.
But the company also saw an opportunity: to divest itself of mature assets and to invest in areas where there was potential for greater growth, it's this strategy that is leading to the rejuvenation of an oil and gas terminal on Shetland that would otherwise be facing an uncertain future.