The original Old Parish Registers (of baptisms / births, proclamations / marriages, and deaths / burials) of the Church of Scotland, which cover the years up to 1854, are held in the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and they can all be consulted there at the National Records of Scotland.
Parish reference number: 896
The Old Parish Registers (OPRs) span the following dates (although there are gaps within these ranges):
||Births / baptisms
||Proclamations / marriages
||Deaths / burials / mortcloths
|Register of Neglected Entries
|(Data supplied by National Records of Scotland)
The Detailed List of the Old Parochial Registers of Scotland, published 1872, provides this information about the content of the OPRs, including the gaps within them:
B. Blank Nov. 1724 - Aug. 1727, April 1730 - June 1733, and (except for one entry) Oct. 1735 - June 1737. Also Dec. 1752 - April 1756, except one entry 1753. Irregular and defective 1756 - 1782 inclusive. Pages of Record 1790 - 1819 subscribed by the Minister.
M. Blank Feb. 1730 - Oct. 1733. No entries for 1736, 1739, 1742, and blank (except for a few entries 1739) Jan. 1753 - Nov. 1765. Entries somewhat irregular as to dates about 1753 - 1766. Names of witnesses often added to the entries after 1779. Pages after 1773 certified by Minister.
D. (Deaths and Burials.) Blank Aug. 1785 - Aug. 1817 (except one entry 1813). Ends Aug. 1818, except for one entry for 1841.
The baptisms / births, proclamations / marriages and deaths / burials indexes can be searched at the ScotlandsPeople website. Copies of the register entries may be purchased.
Copies of the registers on microfilm may be consulted in some local libraries and at LDS Family Search Centres around the world. The indexes to baptisms / births and proclamations / marriages can also be searched on the LDS Family Search website or on the IGI on microfiche in local libraries.
LDS Library Film Numbers:
|1068040 Items 3 - 4
||Baptisms, 1719-1820; Marriages, 1720-1819; Burials, 1783-1818.
|1068041 Item 1
||Baptisms, 1819-1854; Marriages, 1819-1854; Neglected Birth Entry, 1838.
|(Data provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
A transcript of the burial registers 1783-1818 is on the Wigtownshire Pages.
The New Statistical Account (written in 1838) gives this information:
"Portpatrick was long celebrated as the Gretna Green for Ireland. Parties who could not obtain ecclesiastical sanction of their marriage on the other side of the channel, with all the expedition or secrecy which the opposition of relatives or other circumstances rendered desirable, found their way to this place, and on satisfying the minister that there was no legal objection to their union, were admitted to the benefit of proclamation in the parish church immediately on their arrival, and were married without delay. These marriages are registered in the records of the kirk-session, and attested by the minister and the witnesses. The fees exacted on these occasions varied according to the rank and ability of the parties. The lowest sum that was accepted at one time was L.5, but it was latterly raised to L.10, payable to the minister, and L.1 to the session-clerk. This practice was abandoned in 1826, in consequence of the interference of the church courts; but during the preceding period of about fifty years, the records of these marriages exhibits the names of 198 gentlemen, 15 officers of the army or navy, and 13 noblemen."
The Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society have published Irish Marriages in Portpatrick, Wigtownshire, 1759-1826, which includes information on Stranraer, Stoneykirk and Leswalt.
Further information on the main GENUKI Wigtownshire page.
Lists of Male Heads of Families, 1834-1841, gathered as a result of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland's 1834 Veto Act have been transcribed by Old Scottish Genealogy and Family History. Kirk Session records are held at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh. There are some baptisms, proclamations and burials recorded in the Kirk Session records:
- CH2/686/3 - Baptisms, 1856-1878, Proclamations, 1853-1920
- CH2/686/8 - burial ground register, 1779-1824; proclamations of banns of marriage and records of baptisms, 1814-1825 (fragmentary)
Heritors' Records (HR793) are at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Portpatrick Kirk Session
Minutes, 1727-1766 and 1779-1853 (contains burial ground register 1779-1824, and a few proclamations and baptisms 1814-1825); Electoral committee minutes, 1931; Baptisms, 1856-1878; Proclamations, 1853-1920; List of male heads of families, 1834-1841; Communion roll, 1832, 1889-1918 and 1920-1939.
Portpatrick parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1886-1930; Accounts and Vouchers, 1890-1893; Accounts, 1901-1930.