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Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway

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Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway

Sanquhar is a town on the River Nith in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It lies north of Thornhill and west of Moffat. It is a former Royal Burgh. Sanquhar is notable for its tiny post office (established in 1712), claimed to be the oldest working post office in the world. It was also the place where the Covenanters, who opposed episcopalisation of the church, signed the Sanquhar Declaration renouncing their allegiance to the King, an event commemorated by a monument in the main street.
Post townSanquhar
Administrative CountyDumfries and Galloway
Traditional CountyDumfriesshire
OS GridNS7809
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Ambulance AuthorityScottish

Other names by which Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway has been known in the past

Sanquair ~ Sauqhuer

Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Sanquhar, parl. and royal burgh and par., Dumfriesshire, on river Nith, 26 miles NW. of Dumfries and 56 miles SE. of Glasgow by rail - par., 40,846 ac., pop. 3109; parl. burgh, pop. 1339; royal burgh, pop. 1299; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks; has mfrs. of carpets, spades and shovels, and bricks. Sanquhar was made a royal burgh in 1598, and forms one of the Dumfries District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member.

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