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Wigtownshire Old Parish Registers & Censuses - Reference Numbers

This table gives the reference numbers used by the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh when referring to the pre-1855 Old Parish Registers (OPRs) and the censuses for the Wigtownshire parishes. The numbers are also used on the microfilms used in libraries and the LDS Family History Centres.

The numbers are for Parishes up to 1854 and for Registration Districts from 1855 onwards.

The 1841 and 1851 censuses were organised on a parish basis. The census reference number will be the same as the Old Parish Register (OPR) reference number.

In 1855 Registration Districts were created, initially with the same reference numbers as the parishes. However the registration districts and their numbers changed frequently as the towns grew. The parish pages give the registration districts which covered the area of each parish over the years.

From 1861, censuses were organised on a registration district basis. Because there were some differences between the two different administrative areas, some addresses will therefore appear in a different area, under a different reference number, from one census to another. Differences are noted in the table below and on the relevant parish pages.

The 1921 census is closed for 100 years.

Parish Parish reference numbers for: Registration district reference numbers for:
OPRs and 1841 / 1851 censuses 1861 census 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1921 censuses
Glasserton 885 885 885
Inch 886 886 886
Kirkcolm 887 887 887
Kirkcowan 888 888 888
Kirkinner 889 889 889
Kirkmaiden 890 890 890
Leswalt 891 891 891
Mochrum 892 892 892
New Luce 893 893 893
Old Luce 894 894 894
Penninghame 895 895 895, part in Bargrennan 857b
Portpatrick 896 896 896
Sorbie 897 897 897
Stoneykirk 898 898 898
Stranraer 899 (part of Stranraer Burgh in Inch 886, and part in Leswalt 891) 899 (part of Stranraer Burgh in Inch 886, and part in Leswalt 891) 899 (part of Stranraer Burgh in Inch 886, and part in Leswalt 891)
Whithorn 900 900 900
Wigtown 901 901 901