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The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The session was made up of he minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.
Here is a list of the surviving Kirk session records for this parish:<br>
Minutes 1833–1853<br>Proclamations 1853–1920<br>Communion Roll 1832<br>List of Male Heads of Families 1834–1841<br>'''Note:''' Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH2/686.
=== <br>'''Nonconformist Church Records''' ===
A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the [[
Scotland_Church_Records_Union_Lists|<u>Scotland Church Records Union List.</u>]]
=== <br>'''Portpatrick Free Church''' ===
'''History—'''<br>Andrew Urquhart, two elders, and most of the congregation came out in 1843. The handsome church they had newly erected was taken from them. They worshiped for a time on the green near the shore. The church was built, and opened in the winter of 1843. A manse was erected in 1846. After being thrice renovated the original church was replaced by a new building in 1887. A new manse was built in 1891. Portpatrick declined in population after the mail steamers for Ireland ceased to start from the port. After 1880, however, the place grew in popularity as a summer resort.<br>'''Membership:''' 1848, 220; 1900, 226. <br>'''Source: '''''Annals of the Free Church of Scotland,'' 1843–1900, ed. Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols. pub. 1914. Film #918572. More details may be given in the source.
'''Records—<br>'''The extent of records is unknown.
= '''Civil Registration Records''' =