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People Connected to Renfrewshire

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  • John Walkinshaw of Scotstoun (1679 - d.)
    JOHN WALKINSHAW OF SCOTSTOUN [Clan MacFarlane and associated clans genealogy] Scotstoun House Scotstoun House was built in the early eighteenth century by William Walkinshaw of Scotstoun. The Wal...
  • William Walkinshaw of Scotstoun (b. - 1715)
    WILLIAM WALKINSHAW OF SCOTSTOUN [Clan MacFarlane and associated clans genealogy] Scotstoun House Scotstoun House was built in the early eighteenth century by William Walkinshaw of Scotstoun. The ...
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Walkinshaw of Barrowfield (1676 - 1780)
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL SIR JOHN WALKINSHAW OF BARROWFIELD He was taken prisoner at Sherrifmuir and confined in Stirling castle. However, he ecaped with aid of his wife, who let him down from a window on ...
  • Barbara Leeds Borthwick (1832 - 1898)
    BARBARA LEEDS BORTHWICK is the daughter of Walter Borthwick, and his wife, Jane Campbell. She was born on 12 February 1832 and her baptism was registered on 25 March 1832, at Cathcart in Renfrewshire...
  • Alexander Cochrane (deceased)

People Connected to Renfrewshire

Historic County of Scotland

Image right - Renfrewshire within Scotland

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How to use this Page

  1. Please link any GENI Profiles with links to Renfrewshire to this project.
  2. You can ALSO add the earliest heads of families to the list of Renfrewshire Families on Geni below (don't forget to link their profiles to the project as well). These would usually be male! Please restrict people added to the list to the earliest head of family!

Note People with links to Renfrewshire can be linked to the project but not necessarily added to the list below.

People connected to Renfrewshire can be linked the following projects.


  • Cochrane - Traditionally the original ancestor of the Clan Cochrane in Scotland was a Scandinavian Viking who settled in what is now known as Renfrewshire.
  • Crawford
  • Hamilton Walter fitz Gilbert of Hambledon, moved to Renfrewshire.
  • Ralston This surname comes from the lands or barony of Ralston near Paisley, in Renfrewshire.
  • Ross Clan
  • Sempill The origins of the surname Sempill are unknown, however the name has been recorded in Renfrewshire from as early as the 1100s.
  • Stewart The family were granted extensive estates in Renfrewshire and East Lothian and the office of High Steward was made hereditary in the family.
  • Wallace The name of the clan Wallace is first found in records in the twelfth century as holding extensive lands around Ayrshire and Renfrewshire.

Historical and Political people

- accommodated by the project Historic Renfrewshire (Link to follow) which covers the History of Renfrewshire and historical/political people. Some of these are also listed in the Famous people category.

Famous or Notable People

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown! Please visit Renfrewshire - Famous People and add them to the listing there.


People from Renfrewshire who went to the "New world" and were early progenitors in those countries. Where the earliest ancestor is known please add them to the list of "Renfrewshire families on Geni" below if that was their roots, or to the appropriate county project.

Where the earliest known ancestor is the emigrant add them to the list below. In some cases if there is a project that covers them in detail please link the project.

To participate in any project

- you do need to first be a collaborator - so please join the project using the request link under "actions" at the top right of the page. Visit Geni Wikitext, Unicode and images which gives a great deal of assistance. See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!

See also the following GENi projects

Renfrewshire Families on Geni

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Emigrants from Renfrewshire

Please add the names of people from Renfrewshire who settled in the "New World"




South Africa

1820 British Settlers in South Africa

Other Pages for People Connected to Scottish Counties


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