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Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway

Portpatrick, Rhins of Galloway, Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway, is an area about four miles and a half in length and four miles in breadth, of 9300 acres, of which 6300 are arable, 300 woodland and plantations, and the remainder meadow and pasture.
Post townStranraer
Administrative CountyDumfries and Galloway
Traditional CountyWigtownshire
OS GridNW9954
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01776
Population960 (2001)

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

Port Patrick

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

Portpatrick, par. and seaport vil. with ry. sta., W. Wigtownshire - par., 9094 ac., pop. 1285; vil., 7½ miles SW. of Stranraer and 21½ NE. of Donaghadee (in Ireland), pop. 591; P.O., T.O.; is well sheltered by lofty cliffs, has a south-westerly exposure, and is resorted to as a watering-place. Portpatrick, as commanding the shortest communication from Britain to Ireland, was formerly of much greater importance. The mail across the channel, established in 1662, ceased to run in 1849; while the massive harbour works, constructed (1821-1843) at a cost of £500,000, have lapsed into a state of utter ruin. Portpatrick derives its name from St Patrick, who, according to the legend, crossed from this place to Ireland.

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