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Portpatrick, Wigtownshire, Scotland Genealogy

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= History =
''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 [*%2C0%2C0&title={{FHL|the+new+statistical+account+of+scotland&pretitle|title|disp=the+new+statistical+account+of+scotland Family History Library.] }}
= Census Records =
A census is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about [[Scotland Census|<u>census records.</u>]]
Click [{{FHL|649849&|title-id|disp=Census+returns+for+Portpatrick+%28parish%20%20&columns=*,0,0 here]}}&nbsp;to go to the Family History Library&nbsp;Catalog entry&nbsp;for the census records of&nbsp;Portpatrick.&nbsp; The Family History Library also has a surname index for the [{{FHL|1137128|subject-id|disp=1137128&subject_disp=Scotland%2C+Wigtown%2C+Portpatrick+%2D+Census+%2D+1841+%2D+Indexes&columns=*,0,0 1841] }} census of Portpatrick as well as a surname index for the [{{FHL|708169&|title-id|disp=1881+census+of+Scotland+%5Btranscription%20%20&columns=*,0,0 1881] }} census of the whole of Wigtonshire.&nbsp;
The 1901 census of Scotland is indexed on []. &nbsp;To use it, you must register and pay a small access fee. All available censuses, 1841-1901, are indexed on this website. It may be easier for you to pay to use the website rather than access indexes through the library.&nbsp;
| '''Births:'''
| 1720-1854
| [*%2C0%2C0&filmno{{FHL|1068040|film|disp=1068040 1068040] }} items 1, 3-4
| '''Marriages:'''
| 1720-1854
| [*%2C0%2C0&filmno{{FHL|1068040|film|disp=1068040 1068040] }} items 1, 3-4
| '''Deaths:'''
| 1783-1818
| [*%2C0%2C0&filmno{{FHL|1068040|film|disp=1068040 1068040] }} 41 items 1, 3-4
==== '''Condition of Original Records—''' ====
'''Index:''' For an index to these records, see the Scottish Church Records Index on computer at the Family History Library under and family history centers.&nbsp; Some records may be indexed in the [ <u>International Genealogical Index</u>].&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>'''Births:''' There are no entries November 1724–August 1727, April 1730–June 1733, and October 1735–June 1737, except one. There are no entries December 1752–April 1745, except one for 1753. The records are irregular and incomplete 1745–1782 inclusive. The pages of the record for 1790–1819 are subscribed by the minister.<br>'''Marriages:''' There are no entries February 1730–October 1733, 1736, 1739, 1742, and January 1753–November 1765, except a few, 1739. Entries are somewhat irregular as to dates about 1753–1766. Names of witnesses are often added to the entries after 1779 and the pages after 1773 are certified by the minister.<br>'''Deaths:''' There are no death or burial entries August 1785–August 1817, except one for 1813. The record ends August 1818, except for one for 1841.<br>'''Source:''' ''Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland'', by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. British Book [*%2C0%2C0&callno={{FHL|941+K23b |disp=941 K23b] }}
== Established Church—Kirk Session Records ==
=== '''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 #[*%2C0%2C0&filmno{{FHL|918572|film|disp=918572 918572]}}. More details may be given in the source.
'''Records—<br>'''The extent of records is unknown.
= Probate Records =
Portpatrick&nbsp;was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of Wigtown until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Wigtown. Probate records for 1513- 1901 are indexed online at [].&nbsp;You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills &amp; Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library [*,180,0 catalog] {{dead link}} for the 'Place' of&nbsp;Wigtown and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of Wigtwon, <br>The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Wigtown. Look in the library [*,180,0 catalog] {{dead link}} for the 'Place' of&nbsp;Wigtown and the subjects of 'Probate Records' and 'Probate Records - Indexes.' <br>
Read more about [[Scotland Probate Records|<u>Scotland Probate Records</u>.]]
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