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Portpatrick, Wigtownshire, Scotland Genealogy

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= History =
PORTPATRICK, a burgh of barony, sea-port, and '''parish''', in the county of Wigton, 6½ miles (S. W.) from Stranraer, and 34 (W.) from Wigton. This place derives its name from an ancient chapel dedicated to St. Patrick. The town is finely situated on the western shore of the peninsula formed by the bay of Luce and Loch Ryan, and is nearly opposite to the town of Donaghadee, on the Irish coast, from which it is only twenty-one miles distant. The old church, erected in 1628, was a cruciform structure with a circular belfry turret, and contained 300 sittings; but it was in very indifferent repair, and a new church was built. The members of the '''Free Church''' have a place of worship.<ref>Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1846), pp. 367-388. ''[ A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland]'' (1846), pp. 367-388. Adapted. Date accessed: 07 March 2014. </ref>
''The New Statistical Account of Scotland'' (pub. 1834-45) offers uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including history, agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs. The reports, written by the parish ministers, are available online at []. &nbsp;Click on ‘Browse scanned pages’ then search the parish reports for Portpatrick. Also available at the {{FHL|the new statistical account of scotland|title|disp=Family History Library.}}
Read more about [[Scotland Probate Records|<u>Scotland Probate Records</u>.]]
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