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Auchincairn, Kirkcudbrightshire

Historical Description

AUCHINCAIRN, a village, in the parish of RERRICK, stewartry of KIRKCUDBRIGHT, 7 miles (E.) from Kirkcudbright; containing 373 inhabitants. It is seated at the north-western extremity of the fine bay of Auchincairn, or Balcarry, which is about two miles in length and one in breadth. The bay has a beach of smooth and firm sand, and small vessels may load and unload on any part of it; on the west side is a large natural basin, where ships of burthen find safe anchorage in the most stormy weather, and at every point of the wind. A post is established here, under the Castle-Douglas office; and a fair is held annually in August, but very little business is now transacted at it. In the village are places of worship for Baptists and the Free Church: here is one of the parochial schools, and children are also taught in the Baptist place of worship.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis