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What is a stray?
Strays refers to those born in Wigtownshire, or even with some other relation to the county, who appear in non-Wigtownshire specific records. Examples of types of records where you may find a stray:
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Last update: August 4th, 2004
1881 Wigtownshire Strays Extracts, by Sam Heron
Sam Heron extracted over 3,400 persons, who appear in the 1881 U.K. census, and are connected to Wigtownshire, but not recorded in the Wigtownshire census records. To view this valuable index, [click here].
Where do I find the original document?
Finally we include the following as a "stray" stray, for which we find no obvious other home, from Ayrshire, courtesy of Meg Greenwood of Oklahoma USA and Diana Henry of Dunragit, Wigtownshire.
Ayr, Ayrshire Births, 1855, entry #14
John McLACHLAN born May 9, 2pm at 'a temporary hut near Corton near Ayr' to Dennis McLACHLAN, Railway Labourer 41y born 'Auchnis', parish of Donegal and Mary McLACHLAN ms McGHEE.
This was her 5th child, 31y born Co. Down. They wed in Stranraer in 1845 and had 1 boy and 3 girls living [no deaths noted]. Informant was the father, Dennis McLACHLAN.