Whithorn  Wigtownshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Whithorn like this:

Whithorn, royal and police burgh, and par., Wigtownshire, 12½ miles S. of Wigtown by rail - par., 11,891 ac., pop. 2929; police burgh, pop. 1653; royal burgh, pop. 1643; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Thursday. Whithorn is a place of great antiquity, and has the ruins of a cathedral, occupying the site of a church founded (4th century) by St Ninian - the "Candida Casa," and the earliest Christian church in Scotland. ...

The shrine of St Ninian at Whithorn was long a famous resort of pilgrimage. Whithorn formed one of the Wigtown District of parliamentary burghs, which returned 1 member until 1885.

Whithorn through time

Whithorn is now part of Dumfries and Galloway district. Click here for graphs and data of how Dumfries and Galloway has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Whithorn itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Whithorn, in Dumfries and Galloway and Wigtownshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 12th August 2020

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