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  • Sir Andrew Agnew, 8th Baronet of Lochnaw (1818 - 1892)
    Biographical Summary " Sir Andrew Agnew, Baronet [S 1629] of Lochnaw , son and heir, born 2 January 1818 at Edinburgh, educated at Harrow, entered the army, 1835, sometime an officer of the 93rd Foot...
  • Sir John Ross, CB (1777 - 1856)
    ) John Ross, CB, (24 June 1777 – 30 August 1856) was a Scottish naval officer and Arctic explorer. Ross was the son of the Rev Andrew Ross of Balsarroch, minister of Inch, near Stranraer, an...
  • Leander Starr Jameson (1853 - 1917)

Famous People Connected to Wigtownshire

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Image right - Sir Leander Starr Jameson, (1853-1917)

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  • Heron Family



  • The Rt. Hon. Sir Leander Starr Jameson, 1st Baronet, KCMG, CB, PC (9 February 1853 – 26 November 1917), also known as "Doctor Jim", "The Doctor" or "Lanner", was a British colonial politician who was best known for his involvement in the Jameson Raid. He was born at Stranraer, Wigtownshire




  • Gavin Maxwell (1914-1969), the Scottish novelist and naturalist, was born. Maxwell was born into a family of minor aristocracy and grew up in rural Wigtownshire, where he acquired a lifelong love of nature. He is best known as the author of 'Ring of Bright Water', a touching tale of his attempts to establish an otter sanctuary in Sandaig.






  • Admiral Sir John Ross (1777-1856), the Scottish Polar explorer. Ross is known as the man who discovered the North Magnetic Pole. Born in Wigtownshire, Ross served in the Royal Navy from the age of nine and fought during the Napoleonic wars. Ross led three expeditions in search of the North-West passage.






  • Margaret Wilson (c. 1667 – 11 May 1685) was a young Scottish Covenanter, from Wigtownshire in Scotland executed by drowning for refusing to swear an oath declaring James VII as head of the church.
  • Woodburn Family

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