Yes, they left out Tom Bombadil and the Scouring of the shire.
For a knight of a shire the qualification was fixed at five hundred a year; for a burgess at two hundred a year.
The shire was the scene of much strife after the Reformation.
Mr. Bennet and his daughters saw all the advantages of Wickham's removal from the ——shire as clearly as Mr. Gardiner could do.
Castle of Carny, in the parish of Moonzie, in the shire of Fife.
The Valley of the Chess is one of the prettiest districts in the shire.
Thence they at once directed their course up the Zambesi to the shire.
He had heard people talk as if America were about as large as one English shire, and settled principally from their own villages.
And why have you left your home in ——-shire, and why this new change of name?
Longford was a county in 1377, but was not maintained as shire ground.
Old English scir "administrative office, jurisdiction, stewardship, authority," also in particular use "district, province, country," from Proto-Germanic *skizo (cf. Old High German scira "care, official charge"). Ousted since 14c. by Anglo-French county. The gentrified sense is from The Shires (1796), used by people in other parts of England of those counties that end in -shire; sense transferred to "hunting country of the Midlands" (1860).