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Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway

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Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway

Stranraer is a town in Wigtownshire, in the west of Dumfries and Galloway, southwest Scotland. It lies on the shores of Loch Ryan, on the northern side of the isthmus joining the Rhins of Galloway to the mainland. Stranraer is Dumfries and Galloway's second-largest town, with a population including the surrounding area of nearly 13,000. Stranraer is an administrative centre for the West Galloway Wigtownshire area of Dumfries and Galloway.
Administrative CountyDumfries and Galloway
Traditional CountyWigtownshire
OS GridNX0560
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01776
Population10,851 (2001 Census)

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

Stranraer, royal and police burgh, seaport town, and par., Wigtownshire, at head of Loch Ryan, 7½ miles NE. of Portpatrick, 73 miles W. of Dumfries, and 87 miles SW. of Glasgow by rail - par., 55 ac., pop. 3528; royal burgh, pop. 3455; police burgh, pop. 6342; town, pop. 6415; P.O., T.O., 5 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Friday. The police burgh and the town extend into Inch and Leswalt pars. Stranraer has a good agricultural trade, and daily communication by steamer with Larne in Ireland (39 miles) in connection with express railway trains. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) Some fishing is carried on. Stranraer was made a burgh of barony in 1596, and a royal burgh in 1617. The ruin of Stranraer or Kennedy's Castle (15th century) stands in the centre of the town. Stranraer formed one of the Wigtown District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returned 1 member until 1885.

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