Moray (mûrˈē) [key], council area (1993 est. pop. 86,250), 864 sq mi (2,237 sq km), and former county, NE Scotland. Under the Local Government Act of 1973, the county of Moray (or Morayshire) was divided between the former Highland and Grampian regions in 1975. In the local government reorganization of 1996, Grampian was dissolved and the council area of Moray was created; the new council area is larger than the former county. The county of Moray was formerly called Elgin or Elginshire.