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Wigtownshire, Historic County of Scotland

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Wigtownshire, Historic County of Scotland

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  • Administrative centre Historically Wigtown, with the administrative centre moving to Stranraer, the largest town, on the creation of a county council in 1890.
  • Chapman County Code - WIG
  • Gaelic Name Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige
  • Famous for:
  • Landmarks and Places of Interest
  • Torhousekie Stone Circle, dating from the 2nd millennium BC, this is one of the best preserved sites in Britain. The circle is around 60 feet (18 m) in diameter and comprises 19 stones up to 5 feet (1.5 m) high.
  • Sorbie Tower
  • Castle of St. John, Stranraer, now a Visitor Centre and museum.
  • Wigtown Castle
  • Glenluce Abbey
  • Castle of Park - 16th-century L-plan tower house near Glenluce,
  • Area
  • Population
  • Succeeded by now administered as part of the council area of Dumfries and Galloway
  • County Flower - Yellow Iris

Wigtownshire (Anglicised) or the County of Wigtown is a registration county and lieutenancy area of Scotland.

Wigtownshire borders the Irish Sea to the west, the Solway Firth to the south, Ayrshire to the north, and the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright to the east. Together the Stewartry and Wigtownshire are referred to as Galloway. The western area of Wigtownshire is known as Rhinns of Galloway, and the eastern area is known as Machars. Wigtownshire includes the southernmost point in Scotland, the Mull of Galloway, the Machars and the Rhins of Galloway peninsula.

Parishes of Wigtownshire


  • Glasserton
  • Inch
  • Kirkcolm
  • Kirkcowan
  • Kirkinner
  • Kirkmaiden
  • Leswalt
  • Mochrum
  • New Luce (formerly northern part of Glenluce)
  • Old Luce (formerly southern part of Glenluce)
  • Penninghame
  • Portpatrick
  • Sorbie
  • Stoneykirk
  • Whithorn
  • Wigtown

Royal burghs in the county

  • Wigtown,
  • Stranraer,
  • Whithorn;

Burghs of barony

  • Newton Stewart,
  • Glenluce, and
  • Portpatrick

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