Machers  Wigtownshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Machers like this:

Machars (Celt. machair, ` a plain '), one of the three districts of Wigtownshire, being the broad-based, triangular peninsula between Wigtown and Luce Bays. It has ill-defined boundaries, but it may be viewed either as comprehending the parishes of Whithorn, Glasserton, Sorbie, Kirkinner, and most of Mochrum, amounting to 100 square miles, or as comprehending also the rest of Mochrum and parts of Old -Luce, Kirkcowan, and Penninghame, amounting, with these additions, to nearly 150 square miles. ...

Its surface, as implied in its name, is prevailingly low and flat, yet has considerable diversities, and will be noticed in our article on Wigtownshire.

Machers through time

Machers is now part of Dumfries and Galloway district. Click here for graphs and data of how Dumfries and Galloway has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Machers itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Machers, in Dumfries and Galloway and Wigtownshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th May 2022

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