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Location and coordinates are for the approximate centre of Whithorn within this administrative area. Geographic features and populated places may cross administrative borders.
Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew
Whithorn, royal and police burgh, and par., Wigtownshire, 12½ miles S. of Wigtown by rail - par., 11,891 ac., pop. 2929; police burgh, pop. 1653; royal burgh, pop. 1643; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Thursday. Whithorn is a place of great antiquity, and has the ruins of a cathedral, occupying the site of a church founded (4th century) by St Ninian - the "Candida Casa," and the earliest Christian church in Scotland. The shrine of St Ninian at Whithorn was long a famous resort of pilgrimage. Whithorn formed one of the Wigtown District of parliamentary burghs, which returned 1 member until 1885.