Classification and Statistics

Settlement Type: village
Population (2011): 534    
(2001): 585
(1991): 536
(1981): 601
(1971): 643
(1961): 681
(1881): 591
(1871): 685
(1861): 1206
(1841): 996
(1831): 1205

Tourist Rating: No
Text of Entry Updated: 31-JAN-2015

Latitude: 54.8425°N Longitude: 5.1163°W
National Grid Reference: NX 000 542
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Portpatrick's exposed situation on the North Channel between Scotland and Ireland made the development of a harbour difficult. John Smeaton (1724-92) designed a new harbour and proposed breakwaters to protect it, although only one was completed. In 1802, Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834) advised that further improvements were necessary. Another noted civil engineer John Rennie (1761 - 1821), assisted by his son Sir John Rennie (1794 - 1874), deepened the harbour and built the North and South piers in 1821. The North Pier was lost to the sea in 1839. The Inner Basin was constructed 1861-63 but the harbour had become almost disused by 1873 and lighthouse from the South Pier was dismantled and re-erected in Colombo (Sri Lanka). Ownership of the harbour passed to the Portpatrick Community Trust in 2012 and it is now home to pleasure craft and a few fishing boats.

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