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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 Portpatrick parish, Wigtownshire. The burial records cover only the following years: 1783-1785, 1813, 1817, 1818, and one entry for 1843. Included is the Registration of Burial Ground, in which the following names are mentioned: Cummings, Johnston, McCaig, McLawrence, McQueen, Rowan, Marshall, McWilliam, Miller/Walter, and Clark.
The Wigtownshire Pages is very grateful to Dorothy Craig, who transcribed the Portpatrick parish entries.
Though this material was proofread several times, it is not guaranteed to be free of all errors.
Below is a slice from the opr filmed pages.
To view Portpatrick's Death Register transcription, click here.
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