The A to Z of Scottish Places: W
|Settlement||Dumfries & Galloway||422||Pop: 1117|
A Royal Burgh and formerly the principal town of the old district of Wigtownshire, Wigtown
is a village above a derelict pier on Wigtown Bay. The wide main street has an enclosure in the centre
which was used to pen cattle. In 1685 two women, Margaret McLauchlan and Margaret Wilson were
drowned in the bay because of their covenanting beliefs and a stone commemorates their martyrdom
on the shore. In 1858 a further memorial was erected on a hill above the town. In recent years
the town has advertised itself as Scotland's Book Town and with a growing number of bookshops is
worth a visit.
|Settlement||North Lanarkshire||25||Pop: 29791|
Despite its industrial past Wishaw's name probably means "Willow wood", a suggestion
backed up by the trees which still grow on South Calder Water. The town was amalgamated with
Motherwell into a single burgh in 1920 and has enjoyed the past success and endured the
present troubles of its partner ever since.