Clackmannanshire (klăkmănˈənshər, –shĭrˌ) [key], council area (1993 est. pop. 48,660), 60 sq mi (157 sq km), and former county, central Scotland. Under the Local Government Act of 1973, the county of Clackmannanshire (or Clackmannan) became (1975) part of the Central region. In the local government reorganization of 1996, the Central region was dissolved and the council area of Clackmannanshire was created.