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"BIGGAR, par. and town, on E. border of Lanarkshire, 1¾ mile NE. of Symington junc., and 15 miles SE. of Lanark by rail, 7272 ac., pop. 2128; town, pop. 1556; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks. Market-day, Thursday."

From John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887


The 48-page book "Old Biggar" contains some detail of the town in days gone by and includes over 50 old photographs.

A description of "Families of Wanlockhead" by by H Gilbert Nicol, including a list of the main family surnames mentioned.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Biggar area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Dates of Old Parish Registers

The parish kirk, dating back to 1545, is the last pre-reformation church in Scotland and is constructed  in the shape of a cross. The Church was built by the Flemings of Boghall Castle. 

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Biggar which are provided by:


Ask the GENUKI Gazetteer for a calculation of the distance from Biggar to another place.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Biggar has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


There is evidence of Stone Age habitation around Biggar. The town itself received its Royal Charter as a Burgh in 1451.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT041377 (Lat/Lon: 55.623430, -3.524483), Biggar which are provided by:
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