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Wigtown Parish Churchyard
Bank Street
Dumfries and Galloway  Scotland

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Wigtown is the county town of Wigtownshire, now, for administrative purposes, Dumfries and Galloway.Wigtown lies close to the head of Wigtown Bay some six miles south of the main A75 at Newton Stewart. For many people it represents the gateway to The Machars, a broad peninsula projecting south into the Irish Sea, perhaps most famous for being home to Whithorn, the cradle of Christianity in Scotland. In 1997 it launched itself as Scotland's National Book Town. The parish is bounded in the north by the Bishop Burn and in the south by the River Bladnoch and its outlying parts are farms typical of the rounded green Machars hills. At Torhouse in the west can be found a prehistoric stone circle of nineteen granite boulders, one of the best preserved in Britain. To the south is the village of Bladnoch, home to Scotland's most southerly whisky distillery. It became a Royal Burgh in the reign of King David II, probably well before 1341, maybe even 1263, although the early town site may now be lost to the bay. There was once a castle with a sheriff, though its early battles were mainly commercial to retain its "liberties" or trade monopolies, while its later ones were religious. Strongly presbyterian or covenanting kirkgoers resented central imposition of rectors on their congregation. In the north east corner of the graveyard is the enclosure containing three stones erected in 1720 to the Wigtown Martyrs, Covenanters who were martyred in 1685 by hanging or by being tied to a stake in Wigtown Bay and left to drown in the incoming tide. They are also commemorated by a monument on the west side of the town on Windy Hill. Wigtown churchyard contains the ruins of the medieval church; the church is open on occasion during the summer. (text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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Wigtown Parish Churchyard
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