Latest Jack Hunter book records Old Wigtownshire

Jack Hunter's new book Old Wigtownshire
Jack Hunter's new book Old Wigtownshire

Well known local historian Jack Hunter’s latest book ‘Old Wigtownshire’ is a treasure trove of photographs and information about our area over the past 200 years.

Jack said: “I am very pleased with the book. There are over 200 photographs, most of them provided by the publisher, Stenlake, and it gives a window on the first half of the 20th century in Wigtownshire. I have concentrated on highlighting forgotten issues such as the fact Wigtown was notorious for bad housing and that sea transport dominated life until the advent of the railway and the motor car. I have also researched sport and entertainment in Wigtownshire.

“I just felt this was an opportunity to record a great deal of information about the area that might never otherwise get recorded.”

The book of black and white photographs covers every village, town, hamlet and clachan from the Mull O’ Galloway, up the Rhins, down the Machars and across the Moors before concluding its journey in Newton Stewart.

Every photograph has a story to tell of the ‘Shire - it’s strong links by sea to Ireland and beyond and the importance of farming and fishing to the region.

‘Old Wigtownshire is out now in local shops or can also be ordered direct from Stenlake Publishing, 54-58 Mill Square, Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA5 6RD.

WE have two copies of Jack Hunter’s book ‘Old Wigtownshire’ worth £16.00 each, that readers can win by answering the following question:

What is Wigtownshire’s most southerly point?”

Send your answers to: Old Wigtownshire Competition, The Galloway Gazette, 71 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, DG8 6NL or email your answer to editorial@gallowaygazete.com, with your name, address, postcode and a daytime telephone number. The closing date for entries is Friday August 8.