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A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Garliestown, a small town and a bay in Sorbie parish, SW Wigtownshire. Founded about 1760, by John, seventh Earl of Galloway, then Lord Garlies, the town stands on the W shore of the bay, in the northern vicinity of Galloway House, and by the Wigtownshire branch (1875) of the Caledonian is 5 miles NNE of Whithorn, and 9¼ SSE of Wigtown. It bends in the form of a crescent round the bay, and, consisting of neat substantial houses, built of whinstone, presents a pleasant appearance. Rope and sail making, ship building, fishing, and a saw-mill afford employment. A considerable commerce in the export of agricultural produce, and the import of coal, lime, manures, etc., is carried on from a harbour, which, naturally good, was artificially enlarged and improved about 1855; and Garliestown has a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, two hotels, a Congregational chapel, a public school, a bowling green, and a Good Templars' hall, with accommodation for 300 persons. By steamboat it communicates with Glasgow, Liverpool, and Douglas in the Isle of Man. Pop. (1861) 685, (1871) 683, (1881) 699.

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