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Renfrewshire, Historic County of Scotland

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  • Administrative centre Renfrew (County Town). Paisley was the former administrative centre.
  • Chapman County Code - RFW
  • Gaelic Name Siorrachd Rinn Friù
  • Motto Avito viret nonore (Flourishing through ancestral honour)
  • Tartan - There is a Renfrewshire tartan 'for use by anyone from or associated with the County of Renfrewshire' recorded on the official Scottish Register of Tartans
  • Famous for:
  • Weaving - Paisley became particularly notable for the Paisley pattern which remains a symbol of the area and its weaving past.
  • Shipbuilding on the River Clyde, particularly at Renfrew and Port Glasgow became significant in the later part of the 19th century and some of this industry remains.
  • Landmarks and Places of Interest
  • Area 245 sq. miles (634 sq. km)
  • Population
  • Succeeded by Strathclyde Region. Parts of the county, e.g. Govan and Nitshill, were incorporated into Glasgow during the early 20th century as the city expanded. Renfrewshire was superseded by the Strathclyde local government region in 1975, until its abolition in 1996. The modern unitary council areas in the county - Renfrews for local government.
  • County Flower - Bogbean

Renfrewshire is a registration county of Scotland and one of the counties of Scotland used for local government until 1975. It is located in the West Central Lowlands of Scotland, south of the River Clyde, opposite Dunbartonshire and divided from Argyllshire by the Firth of Clyde.

Renfrewshire can trace its origin to Walter Fitzalan, the first High Steward of Scotland who was granted Strathgryfe. Robert III of Scotland, a descendant of Fitzalan, established the shire of Renfrew based out of the Royal burgh of Renfrew in Strathgryfe, the site of the House of Stuart's castle and Renfrewshire's county town.

Renfrewshire Parishes

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  1. Abbey (Paisley
  2. Cathcart
  3. Eaglesham
  4. Eastwood
  5. Erskine
  6. Greenock (Middle/New)
  7. Greenock East
  8. Greenock (Old/West)
  9. Houston & Killellan
  10. Inchinnan
  11. Innerkip or Inverkip
  12. Kilbarchan
  13. Kilmacolm
  14. Lochwinnoch
  15. Mearns
  16. Neilston
  17. Paisley High
  18. Paisley Middle
  19. Paisley Low
  20. Port-Glasgow
  21. Renfrew

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For Historical information about Renfrewshire visit Historic Renfrewshire Link to follow - including connections to Historical figures, Gentry and political people connected with Renfrewshire.

For Information about research in the County and Families Researched on Geni (Including Emigrants) go to Renfrewshire - Family Heads

For Famous or Notable People from Renfrewshire visit Renfrewshire - Famous People

Renfrewshire - Monumental Inscriptions, Cemeteries and Graveyards

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