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Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway

Wigtown in Machars, Wigtownshire, in the Dumfries and Galloway council region, is an area about six miles long and four miles wide, comprising about 7000 acres bounded on the east by Wigtown bay and on the south by the river Bladnoch, lying east of Stranraer and south of Newton Stewart. Wigtownshire is retained as a Lieutenancy Area, and within Wigtownshire this area of Wigtown is a ward, a government district in the region of Dumfries and Galloway council.
Administrative CountyDumfries and Galloway
Traditional CountyWigtownshire
OS GridNX4355
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01988
Population987 (2001 Census)

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

Wigton ~ Wigtoun

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

Wigtown, royal burgh, seaport, par., and co. town of Wigtownshire, on W. side of Wigtown Bay, 7½ miles S. of Newton-Stewart by rail - par., 7805 ac., pop. 2198; royal burgh, pop. 1789; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. There is a new harbour, and ships of 300 tons burden can reach the quay. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) Wigtown gave the title of earl (1606-1747) to the family of Fleming. The Wigtown District of parliamentary burghs (Wigtown, Whithorn, New Galloway, and Stranraer) returned 1 member until 1885.

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