Wigtown is situated in Galloway
southwest Scotland, 30 miles east of
Stranraer, 54 miles southwest
Wigtown attracts visitors for its book
shops, book festival, martyrs graves, bar
meals, and the Bladnoch Distillery 1 mile
See also a large Click On Map for the
area Top Attractions.
The image top is looking over the Market
Square and Market Cross. There are a number of
book shops around the square, cafes, pub named
the Galloway Bar, and the Craft Bar / Diner with
The image right is the Glaisnock Guest House &
Wigtown Town Hall is situated on the north
side of the square. This building was
originally the Wigtown Sheriff Court, built
around 1863 in French Gothic style. The court
closed in 1975, leading to the building being
used for community purposes.
The the road down past the tower side of the
Town Hall, leads to Wigtown Parish Church and
the Martyrs Graves.
The War Memorial is situated outside the
The Martyrs Graves are the ones with the
iron fence around them.
1685 11th May - the Covenanters William
Johnston, John Milroy and George Walker were
The women Margaret McLachlan 63, and the 18
year old Margaret
Wilson, were tied to a stake in Wigtown Bay
while the tide came in. As they refused to
swear an oath to the king, both were left to
The grave stones give information on these
people and their executions.
The king was head of English churches at
this time, with Scotland having Elders as head
of their churches. Some kings tried to force
the Scottish churches to accept the king as
their head, leading to a number of wars such as
the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, English Civil
War, and Bishops War.
Scottish people of the Presbyterian faith,
opposed to the king becoming head of their
churches, were known as Covenanters.
Many Covenanters were hunted down at this time,
and executed if they refused to swear an oath
to the king.
The image right is of the Martyrs Stake
where the women were drowned. The road down
past the church leads to the stake. There is
also a notice board with information on the
This stone stake is situated in the location
of the original wooden stake.
This area was once the original harbour, but
has silted up over the years. The new harbour
was built further up river in 1818.
Bladnoch Distillery is
situated 1 mile southwest of Wigtown, with a
visitor centre, on the A714 road. The
distillery has been producing fine Scotch since
Next to the distillery is the Bladnoch Inn, popular for
drinks and meals. Bladnoch is a few houses, the
Distillery, Inn, and Bridge over the River