Sheriff of Wigtown

The Sheriff of Wigtown was historically the office responsible for enforcing law and order in Wigtown, Scotland and bringing criminals to justice. Prior to 1748 most sheriffdoms were held on a hereditary basis. From that date, following the Jacobite uprising of 1745, the hereditary sheriffs were replaced by salaried sheriff-deputes, qualified advocates who were members of the Scottish Bar.

It became known as the Sheriff of Wigton & Kirkcudbright in 1860[1] and was dissolved and incorporated into the sheriffdom of Dumfries & Galloway in 1874.

The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright was created in 1369, when the area between the Rivers Nith and Cree was granted to Archibald the Grim. A steward was appointed by to administer the area which was known the "Stewartry".

Sheriffs of WigtownEdit


Stewards of KirkcudbrightEdit

Sheriffs of KirkcudbrightEdit

Sheriffs of Wigton & Kirkcudbright (1860)Edit

  • David Hector, ?-1870

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries". Morning Post. 29 November 1860. p. 8.
  2. ^ "Guide to the Boswell Collection". Yale University. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ Brunton, George. An Historical Account of the Senators of the College of Justice. p. 515.
  4. ^ The Scots Magazine, Volume 13. p. 109.
  5. ^ Mackenzie, William. The history of Galloway: from the earliest period to the present time. p. 433.
  6. ^ The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany, Volume 82. p. 286.
  7. ^ Parliamentary Papers, Volume 19. p. 128.
  8. ^ "Moray Register" (PDF). Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Scottish Court of Session Records". University of Virginia. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  10. ^ Bulletins and Other State Intelligence. p. 765.