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The Wigtownshire Pages

Kirkmaiden OPR
Death Entries, 1779-1854

The following is a transcription of the death entries in Kirkmaiden's old parish records. Every effort was made to remain true to the information, but it is possible that a few misinterpretations have crept into the work. We encourage researchers to use this only as a finding tool, and to verify the information for themselves by viewing a film of the opr.

A Brief Explanation

O.P.R.s refer to Old Parish Records which prior to civil registration in 1855 were the ledgers in which the parish cleric entered vital information such as marriage, birth/christening, and in some cases deaths. Parish registers were kept only as well as the cleric had time and inclination to do so. In some parishes, within a particular time, the records are exact, precise and a joy to read, in other periods of time, the same parish records could have sporadic, or barely legible, entries.

This transcription is from the Register of the Dead in Parish of Kirkmaiden, beginning June 18, April 1779.


Bringing these old parish records to the web was a challenging process that required the combined efforts of several people, working together from concept, to final proofing. We greatly appreciate the help of following people; Meg Greenwood, Leigh-Ann Evans-Elliott, and Jim Heron.

Disclaimer and Caution

Though this material was proofread several times, it is not guaranteed to be free of all errors. Some of the writing was difficult to decipher, and faded over time. Where we could not reach a consensus about the entry, we either included various possibilities or stated it was unreadable.

A Typical Page

Below is a slice from the opr filmed pages. Some pages were much worse, while others were marginally better.

page representation

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Place Names

The same place name can be spelt in a variety of ways, particularly over passage of time. To view a summary of the place names appearing within documents related to Kirkmaiden, click here.