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  • James Sempill (deceased)
    JAMES SEMPILL James Sempill, here treated, is the son, probably the youngest son of Christian Houstoun He was alive and living in his mother's household at Linwood when the Poll tax return for Kilbar...
  • George Sempill (bef.1679 - d.)
    GEORGE SEMPILL George Sempill, here treated, is the son of Robert Sempill in Linwood, younger and his wife Christian Houstoun He was born before 16 February 1679, the date upon which his baptism was ...
  • William Sempill (bef.1677 - d.)
    WILLIAM SEMPILL William Sempill, here treated, is the son of Robert Sempill in Linwood, younger and his wife Christian Houstoun He was born before 1 July 1677, the date upon which his baptism was reg...
  • Christian Houstoun (deceased)
    CHRISTIAN HOUSTOUN Marriage Christian Houstoun, here treated, married Robert Sempill in Linwood, younger The marriage was booked on 10 March 1676, at Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The recor...
  • Agnes Sempill (bef.1652 - d.)
    AGNES SEMPILL Agnes Sempill, here treated, is the daughter of Robert Sempill in Linwood, elder The name of her mother is not known. She was born before 8 September 1652, the date upon which her bapti...

People Connected to Renfrewshire

Historic County of Scotland

Image right - Renfrewshire within Scotland

See also

Renfrewshire Main Page
Renfrewshire - Monumental Inscriptions, Cemeteries and Graveyards
Historic Buildings of Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Genealogical Resources

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 Historical 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.

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Renfrewshire Families on Geni

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Emigrants from Renfrewshire

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South Africa

1820 British Settlers in South Africa

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