The Wigtownshire Pages, Explanation of Minnigaff

The Wigtownshire Pages


parish map Minnigaff is not a Wigtownshire parish, but as virtually a part of Newton Stewart, and having been included with Wigtownshire for many purposes over several hundred years, this outlier of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright is here described. The clachan or village with its church of Monigaff was a busy market by the 16th century, and the fall of the Cree and its Penkiln Burn tributary powered mills from maybe 1770, notably McKeand's Mill by Queen Mary's Brig, where blankets were made even through the 1920s.

minnigaff photosThe hills of the parish are studded with old mines for lead and copper, nickel and arsenic. Medieval mottes or fortifications are at Bardrochwood and Machars Hill, while William Wallace camped at Boreland to the north of the village, and the ruined Garlies Castle is in the Cumloden Deer Parks. Today the main highway crosses the river at Creebridge, and although this bank of the Cree for some miles past Creetown is now a part of the Wigtown District, we have not included the area in our resources.

1851 Census Index Heads of Household

This index, prepared by John Roy from the Crown's public records of the 1851 census, gives reference to the name of the Heads of Household only. It does not include the additional information that would be listed against that entry on the film, such as age, marital status, occupation, origin and other people residing in the same domicile.

Parish Lists of Wigtownshire and Minnigaff, 1684

Published in 1916, Parish Lists of Wigtownshire and Minnigaff, 1684 contains nominal rolls recorded in 1684 of all persons, male or female, over the age of 12, by parish, and domocile. To read more about this index, and to find a link to the Minigaff parish roll, click here.

The Minnigaff Covenant

One of the few covenants from south-west Scotland to have survived is from Minnigaff, and a transcription from this was included by Alexander S. Morton in his book "The Galloway Covenanters or the Struggle for Religious Liberty in the South-West of Scotland" published by Pickering and Inglis, Printers and Publishers, London. Printed in the early 1900s this book is difficult to find, and would not be found in the average library's catalogue. To view, click here