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Stranraer is a town in the south of Scotland in the west of the region of Dumfries and Galloway and was formerly in the county of Wigtownshire[?].

It is one of the administrative centres of the region, but best known as a ferryport connecting Scotland with Belfast and Larne[?] in Northern Ireland.

The Old Town Hall, built in 1776, now houses Stranraer Museum[?] with its displays of Victorian Wigtownshire and the town's polar explorers.

The Castle of St. John[?] is a medieval tower house[?], built around 1500 by the Adairs of Kilhilt. It has been used as a home, a court, a prison and a military garrison, the latter during the Killing Times in the 1680s.

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