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Biggar

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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

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Bibliography

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.

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Churches

Presbyterian / Unitarian
Biggar, Church of Scotland
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Church History

Dates of Old Parish Registers
b.1730-1854
m.1806-1810/1836-1854
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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. 

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Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Biggar which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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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.

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History

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

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT043397 (Lat/Lon: 55.641136, -3.522105), Biggar which are provided by: