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History of the County of Renfrew: from the Earliest Times.

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION, - - - - - - - - - - 9
Geographical extent - coast-line - islands - surface - hills - rivers - lakes -geology - climate - soil -woods - ecclesiastical and civil divisions.


The Iberians - Goidels - Brythons - mixed population under the Romans - traces of Roman occupation.


Renfrewshire part of the kingdom of Strathclyde - Strathclyde and King Arthur - Caw Cawlwydd - Roderick the Liberal - removal of the Cumbrian capital to Dumbarton - wars between the kingdoms of Strathclyde, Dalriada, and Bernicia, etc. - advent of the Northmen - union of Strathclyde with the kingdom of Scotland

CHAPTER III.- RELIGION, - - - - - - - - 19

Modes of burial among the Iberians and Celts-Celtic deities and priesthood - introduction of Christianity - its decadence and revival - age of the saints -
St Mirin - St Berchan - St Fillan - St Convallanus - St Winnoc - supposed monasteries in the shire - influence of the saints.


Walter Fitz Alan's introduction to David I. - descent of Walter Fitz Alan - his services to David I. and Malcolm IV. - his rewards- feudalization of Scotland - feudalization of Renfrewshire - foundation of the monastery of Paisley - invasion of Somerled (1164 ) -arrival of monks from Wenlock in Shropshire - election of a prior - removal to Paisley - the endowment of the monastery - death of Walter Fitz Alan - the priory raised to the rank of an abbey - further endowment by Alan Fitz Walter, Walter II., Malcolm Earl of Lennox, and others - influence of the monastery in the shire - Alan the fourth Steward - Walter the fifth Steward - Alexander the Steward - prosperity of the shire and monastery.

CHAPTER V.-THE RAGMAN. ROLL, - - - - - - 38

Death of King Alexander III - James the High Steward appointed one of the Six Guardians of the realm - Sir Robert Bruce - the Turnberry Bond - negotiations for the union of Scotland with England - death of the Maid of Norway - friendship between the Steward and Bruce - the Steward and Balliol - the Steward and Edward I - some Renfrewshire names on the Ragman Roll.


Birth and descent-early years - the Lanark riot, 1297 - the Sheriff of Lanark - supposed battle of Biggar - Wallace in the forest of Selkirk - invasion of Scotland by Edward I. - Irvine Moor - Wallace withdraws to the forest of Selkirk - Warrenne and Cressingham - the battle of Stirling - effects of the victory - Wallace writes to the towns of Lubec and Hamburg and invades England - Hexham - fruitless attempt on Carlisle - returns to Scotland - elected Governor of Scotland - the English Government and the Scottish nobles - renewed invasion by the English - Wallace retires before it - Edward appears on the scene - receives reinforcements - advances - is on the point of retiring. - the battle of Falkirk - Wallace resigns Governorship of the kingdom - Edward marches to Ayr - Wallace lays waste the country before him - in July, 1299, Wallace is reported to be at Peebles - compels the castle of Stirling to surrender - is reported to have gone to France - the efforts made to secure his person - his capture and execution.


The Steward not present at the coronation of Bruce - his support of Wallace - his estates forfeited - his submission to Edward - receives back his estates - he holds aloof from Bruce - Walter, the sixth Steward, at Bannockburn - escorts the Queen and the Princess Marjorie from Carlisle to the Scottish Court - marriage with the Princess - is appointed joint Regent of the kingdom with Douglas - appointed Governor of Berwick and its castle - assisted in its defence by John Crabbe - signs the letter of protest from the barons of Scotland to the Pope - pursues Edward II - the share of Renfrewshire in the first of the Wars of Independence.


David II. - the Steward and Balliol - Balliol and Edward before Berwick -Halidoll Hill - Balliol and his Scottish adherents - Edward's share of Scotland - rupture between Balliol and his adherents - the Steward takes Dunoon Castle - is joined by Randolph Earl of Moray, and opposes Edward and Balliol - is made joint Guardian of the kingdom with Sir Andrew Moray - Parliament at Dairsie - Edward III. invades Scotland - he relieves Lochindorb Castle - his movements in Scotland - the Steward sole Regent - he seeks assistance from France and takes Perth - Edinburgh Castle taken - return of the King - Neville's Cross - the Steward again Regent - Scotland again invaded by the English - Scotland included by France in its treaty of peace with England - David II.'s ransom - his intrigues with the English - renewed invasion of Scotland by Edward III. - return of David - fresh intrigues with the English - his jealousy of the Steward, his nephew - the Queen foments it - the Steward and his son imprisoned - death of David II. - Accession of the Steward as Robert II.


Causes of the Steward's success - erection of his estates into a Principality - erection of the barony of Renfrew into a shire - the baron-bailie - the sheriff - sale of the office of sheriff - other officials - the regality of Paisley and its officials - some baronies and lordships in the shire - the baron's court - ancient divisions of the county - contributions to the King's ransom.

CHAPTER X.-FAMILIES, - - - - - - - - 85

Montgomery - Cathcart - Pollok - Maxwell of Nether Pollok - Maxwell of Mearns - Croc of Crookston - Lennox - Spreull of Cowdon - Mure of Caldwell - Ross of Hawkhead - Logan of Raiss - Stewart of Raiss - Whiteford of that ilk - Ralston - Stewart of Cardonald -Knox - Porterfield - Erskine - Wallace of Elderslie - Hall of Fulbar - Cochrane of Cochrane - Crawfurd of Auchinames - Dennistoun - Cunningham of Kilmaurs (Glencairn) - Lyle - Houstoun of Houston - Fleming of Barrochan - Glen of Bar, etc.- Stewart of Blackhall - Semple of Eliotstoun.

CHAPTER XI.-FEUDS, - - - - - - - - - 131

Prevalence of private wars - efforts to suppress them - Montgomery and Cunningham feud - feud between Stewart of Darnley and Boyd of Kilmarnock - the Semple and Lennox feud - the Semple and Glen of Bar - the Semple and Eglinton - the Semple and Muir of Caldwell - the Semple and Cuninghame of Craigends - the feuds of the Mures of Caldwell - other feuds.

CHAPTER XII:-ROYAL VISITS, - - - - - - - 143
Early royal visits to the shire - the Duke of Ross - James IV., May, 1489 - sieges of Crookston and Duchal Castles - James IV. in Paisley, December, 1490-intervenes in the feud between the towns of Renfrew and Paisley - is in the county in November, 1491, and in February, 1497-8 - in the month of March following - publishes his formal revocation of grants made during his minority at Duchal - his gifts in Paisley and Whithorn - visits Duchal, February 22, 1497-8, and on March 16 - sails from Newark for Kintyre, and returns to Greenock - probable visit in 1499 - in Paisley, August II, 1502, and in May, 1503 - his gifts - his visit in June, 1504 - his visit to Lord Semple in 1505 - he passes through the shire in April, and again in August, 1506 - in July, 1507, the King and Queen twice pass through county - purpose of the visits - the King's amusements.

Population divided into free and unfree - free: vassals, tenants, farmers, husbandmen, cottars - unfree: natives-disappearance of neyfship - burgesses-bailies - kinds of burghs - castles in royal burghs - hospitals - streets in burghs -country roads - houses of burgesses - their furniture - houses of cottars - farmhouses - houses of proprietors - general character - Mearns Tower - Leven Castle -Inverkip Castle - Crookston Castle - Newark Castle - Duchal Castle - Barr Castle - Cathcart Castle - Stanely Castle - other castles - sites chosen for them - castle interiors - furniture -windows - bed-rooms - food - prices of food - beverages - excessive drinking - beverages of poorer classes - food - extravagance in dress - regulation of dress by Act of Parliament - clothes prepared for James IV. at his wedding - female attire - price of silks: of linen: of woollen clothes - inventory of Dame Margaret Ross - an inventory of plate and jewels - relations between landlord and tenant.


The monastery the ecclesiastical centre of the shire - its restoration - benefactors - controversies - Abbots de Lithgow, Henry Crichton, and George Shaw - churches not belonging to the monastery: Inchinnan, Renfrew, Erskine, Eaglesham - churches that belonged to the Abbey: Paisley, Cathcart, Eastwood, Killallan, Houston, Kilbarchan, Kilmacolm, Inverkip, Lochwinnoch, Neilston, Mearns - other churches belonging to the Abbey but not in the shire - the Collegiate Church of Lochwinnoch or Semple - chapel of St Conval - other chapels in the shire - Temple-lands - provision for education - ancient schools in the country - compulsory education - school at Renfrew - school at the monastery - school in Paisley - were there any other parochial schools in the county? - apparently more provision for worship than for teaching - religious condition of the shire.


The Reformation movement in Scotland at first largely political - leaders from Renfrewshire - Arran and the English party - the French party - Beaton and Arran reconciled - Lennox and the English Lords - Lords Maxwell and Sommerville imprisoned - Lennox and Glencairn offer battle to Beaton and his party - Glasgow besieged and taken by Arran - return of Abbot Hamilton from France - his influence - made Lord High Treasurer - appointed Bishop of Dunkeld - Arran in Paisley - Finlaystone Castle to be besieged - the Earl of Hertford and his fleet in the Forth - he devastates the country - his arrival saves the lives of Angus and Douglas - their intrigues - Henry VIII dissatisfied with their conduct - Lennox attempts to secure Dumbarton Castle for Henry - Hamilton appoints Lord Semple his bailie and justiciary - a French fleet appears in the Clyde - Roslyn Moor - the English urged to invade Scotland - murder of Cardinal Beaton - the castle of St. Andrews taken by the French - death of Henry VIII - Somerset endeavours to arrange peace - battle of Pinkie - Glencairn offers to fortify a strong place on the Clyde for the English - his intrigues - Stewart of Cardonald reports on the movements of Abbot Hamilton - Hamilton in Fife - his intended journey to Berwick - accompanies Mary of Lorraine to the French fleet off Leith - Glencairn and Lennox - Mary of Lorraine supplants Arran in the Regency - influence of the French domination on the spread of the Reformation - Alexander, the new Earl of Glencairn, joins the Reformers - his activity - Abbot Hamilton, now Archbishop of St. Andrews, attempts to reform the Church - Claud Hamilton made Commendator of Paisley - the Granter of Paisley attacked - the year 1560 disastrous to the Catholic party - the Archbishop distressed - the Confession of Faith adopted - penal laws against Catholics - Paisley Abbey restored to the Archbishop - Lord Semple in trouble - his castle besieged and taken - Paisley Abbey" suppressed" - Renfrewshire and the Reformed Faith - Hamilton says mass in Paisley - his trial before the Lord Justice General - he baptizes James VI - he is restored to his consistorial rights and is otherwise promoted - the escape of Queen Mary from Lochleven Castle - the battle of Langside - Lord Claud Hamilton accompanies the Queen to England - Archbishop Hamilton forfeited - Paisley Abbey besieged by Lennox - The Archbishop taken, tried, and hanged - his character.


Paucity of ministers in 1560 - Mr. John Willock appointed Superintendent -Paisley regarded as a "nest of Papistry " - Mr. John Hay, minister of Renfrew - complaint against him - ministers and readers in the shire - their duties - policy of the Regent Morton - Andrew Hay appointed Superintendent - the Abbey the centre of contention in the shire - Lord Claud Hamilton restored - Lord Semple refuses to give up the Abbey and is compelled - Lord Claud again forfeited - the temporalities of the Abbey leased to Lord Cathcart - William Erskine appointed Commendator - he is forfeited - Lord Claud finally restored, 1587 - Paisley Presbytery set up in 1581 - the records of the Presbytery - Patrick Adamson, Andrew Polwarth, and Thomas Smeaton successively ministers of Paisley - the difficulties of their position - Mr. Andrew Knox appointed minister - his zeal against Catholics - apprehends Dr. George Ker and obtains the Spanish Blanks - he seizes Ailsa Craig and is charged with the death of Hugh Barclay - actions raised against him by John Maxwell of Stanely and John Gilchrist, reader and schoolmaster in Paisley - constitution and methods of procedure in the Presbytery - its zeal against Catholics, those who failed to communicate, and non-church-goers: John Maxwell of Stanely, the Countess of Glencairn, the Dowager Lady Duchal, John Knox of Ranfurly - other cases - Sunday observance - pipers and dancing greens - the case of Gavin Stewart - the Presbytery deal with Mr. Andrew Knox - his promotion to be Bishop of the Isles - establishment of the High Court of Commission - Episcopacy restored - the Five Articles of Perth - their reception - revival of Catholicism - renewed persecution of Catholics - Mr. Robert Boyd of Trochrig - proceedings against the Dowager Countess of Abercorn and her servants - her death - proceedings against the Earl and Countess of Abercorn - the Goodwife of Ferguslie.

CHAPTER XVIII.*--THE CIVIL WARS, - - - - - - 246

* The mistake in the numbering of this Chapter affects that of those which follow.

Origin of the Civil War - King's edict of Revocation - Parliament - Act anent apparel of kirkmen - publication of Canons and Constitution of - the Church of Scotland - the Service Book - it is read in the High Kirk of St. Giles', Edinburgh - its reception in Renfrewshire - a supplication presented against it by the Presbytery - the Covenant - Moderator of the Presbytery of Paisley deposed from office - Mr. John Crichton deposed - the General Assembly at Glasgow, 1638 - representatives from the Presbytery - Presbytery sides with the Covenanting party - its increased zeal - drilling begun and a war chest formed - chaplains sent to the Covenanting army at Duns Law - Assembly of 1639 - Parliament of 1640 -the Treaty of June 18 - Leslie appointed to command the Covenanters - the affair of Newburn - General Assembly at St. Andrews - the dream of a Presbyterian propaganda - the Solemn League and Covenant - Mr. Henry Guthry and Mr. Matthew Brisbane and the Solemn League and Covenant - loyalty of the Presbytery to the Covenanting party - Scotch troops under Munro ordered to be recalled from Ireland - passage of some of them through the shire - the Marquess of Montrose - demand made upon the Presbytery for chaplains to attend the Scottish army in England - the battle of Kilsyth - Montrose in Glasgow - Malignants in the shire and their treatment by the Presbytery - the Plague in the shire - the Presbytery denounce the Engagement - protest against bringing over the army from Ireland - Sir James Turner in Glasgow - the Earl of Callender and Lieutenant-General Middleton in the shire - Lord Eglinton on the Engagers - the Duke of Hamilton's defeat at Preston - the Whiggamores - the Marquess of Argyll's flight - the Act of Classes - Proclamation of Charles II - military preparations in the shire - landing of Charles II at Speymouth - Cromwell marches north - the English and Scots army - Cromwell reaches Musselburgh - battle of Dunbar - Leslie followed to Stirling - Edinburgh Castle besieged - Colonels Strahan and Ker - Strahan interviews Cromwell - the Five or Western Shires Association - the Remonstrants - Paisley one of their centres - two ministers sent from the Presbytery to assist them - meeting of Parliament - Ker attacks Lambert and is taken prisoner - the shire supports the King - General Monk despatches Colonel Okey into Renfrewshire - he falls upon the King's levies and captures the Royal Commissioner and a number of ministers - troops quartered in the shire after the battle of Worcester - Commissioners appointed for Scotland - steps taken for an incorporating union between England and Scotland - how regarded in the country and in the shire and Burgh of Renfrew, and by the Remonstrants - the Remonstrants begin to lose their influence in the shire - arms discovered at Houston Castle and in the Abbey Church of Paisley - the General Assembly turned out by Lilburne and the Presbytery of Paisley by Captain Green - permission given to Paisley to erect a bailie - failure of the proceedings for the incorporating union with England - death of Cromwell.

CHAPTER XIX.-THE - - - - - - 285

Accession of Charles II - appointment of state officials - promise to the Church of Scotland - the Act Rescissory - restoration of Episcopacy - Middleton's progress through the western shires - Act of Privy Council, October 1, 1662 - Act of Indemnity - the committee on the Queensberry claims - the "outed ministers - effect of their "outing " - "The Bishop's Drag-Net " - "The Five Mile Act " - the Presbytery of Paisley - the curates - Sir James Turner sent to coerce the West into conformity - his methods - ministers from the shire summoned before the Privy Council - the Court of High Commission -James Hamilton of Aikenhead - Porterfield of Duchal and Mr. Hugh Peebles - arbitrary arrests - Earl Rothes' progress in the West - conventicles - Presbytery's report on rebels and conventicles in the shire - Chitterfleet - Lady Caldwell - troops in the shire - charges against Sir James Turner - the First Indulgence - the Laird of Meldrum - the curates of Kilmacolm and Neilston - Archbishop Leighton -his efforts to conciliate - the Second Indulgence - Indulged ministers in the shire - complaints of the curates - conduct of Indulged ministers - commission appointed to suppress conventicles -the Proclamation and Bond - the Highland Host - the Town Council of Paisley charged with reset of rebels - persons in Renfrewshire charged with rebellion - ,Mr. W. Eccles - Mr. Ezekiel Montgomery - fugitives - marriage of Claverhouse in Paisley - the Secret Committee - Lord Melfort - his measures - the Test and Bond - Melfort leaves Glasgow - his influence in Scotland continues - second Highland Host - an incident at Duchal - execution of John Park and James Algie - a new Commission issued for the Western Shires - the Earl of Argyll - Muirdykes - capture and death of Argyll - policy of James VII - the General Meeting of the Presbyterian ministers in Edinburgh - meeting of the curates in Paisley - Presbyterian minister of the shire - rabbling of the curates.

CHAPTER XX.- WITCHCRAFT, - - - - - -326

Early cases of witchcraft in the country - lateness of outbreak in Renfrewshire - "Auld Dunrod " - first recorded case in the shire - notoriety of Inverkip and Greenock - case of John MacGregor at Inverkip - the curates and witchcraft - increase of cases after the appointment of Mr. Thomas Blackwell as minister of Paisley - an Inverkip charmer - cases at Kilmacolm and Inchinnan - commission applied for, to try Janet Wodrow - further developments - bewitching of Christian Shaw - commission appointed for the trial of those whom she accused - the trial - the Presbytery and the accused - the condemned waited on to the fire by the ministers - fresh case - translation of Mr. Blackwell to Aberdeen - cessation of witchcraft in the shire.


Proclamation of William and Mary in London - assembling of the Convention in Edinburgh - expected descent of the French on the west coast - arrival of General Mackay in Edinburgh - further military preparations by the Convention -the throne declared vacant - the crown offered to William and Mary - Claverhouse summoned to the Convention - pursued by General Mackay - troops raised in the shires of Renfrew and Ayr - death of Claverhouse - Montgomery of Skelmorlie's plot - Queen Mary and the conspirators - the men of Renfrewshire - paucity of ministers - the Presbytery support the Assembly - intolerance of the Presbytery - the Presbytery and the Quakers and other non-conformists - a sign of toleration in the Presbytery - the last private war in the shire - the shire and the Union of 1703 - the county and the Rising of 1715 - the Loch lomond Expedition - the Shire and the Rising of 1745 - William Cochran of Ferguslie - recruiting for His Majesty's army and navy - patriotism of the shire during the American and French wars - the Volunteer movement of the eighteenth century in the western part of the shire - forts built at Greenock - the Volunteer movement of the eighteenth century in the Paisley district - riots in the county during the early part of the nineteenth century.

CHAPTER XXll.-INDUSTRIES, - - - - - - - 350
Farming : the fame of the Cluniac monks as farmers ; crops raised in the shire ; the mill and multures ; regulations in force among the tenants of the Abbey lands; apparent success of farming industry prior to 1588; decline of industry owing to inclement weather and civil wars; improved prospects; state of industry at the beginning of nineteenth century; the Renfrewshire Agricultural Society - the weaving industry: number of weavers - manufacture of thread - cotton spinning - bleaching - printworks - dyeing - cloth - finishing - tanning - mining and quarrying - shipbuilding - manufacture of boilers, engines, and tools - minor industries.

CHAPTER XXIII.-BURGHS, - - - - - - - - 359

Burghs in the county-Renfrew: its position; foundation; its lands; landing of Somerled and his army; during the Wars of.Independence; after the accession of the Stuarts; receives a charter; a royal residence; Lord Ross appointed governor of the castle; compared with Rutherglen and Glasgow; decline; feud with Paisley; agreement between the burgh and the Earl of Argyll; petitions the Convention of Royal Burghs for assistance; suspected of not husbanding its Common Good; disputes with Dumbarton, Glasgow, Ayr, and Irvine; complains against Dumbarton; obtains renewed permission to levy certain imports; prosecution of unfree traders "; cleansing of the Clyde; complains against Glasgow; Provost Pollock; Peter Patton and his right to pastorage"; common lands seized by the lairds of Duchal and Hapland (1669); Tucker's report on the burgh; repair of the Tolbooth; report on the burgh by the Commissioners of the Convention of the Royal Burghs; a new charter; want of prosperity; unfavourable report of the Royal Commissioners of 1835 on the management of the town's affairs; present prosperity; population - Paisley: original position; probable destruction in 1307; prosperity; feud with Renfrew; delimitation of boundaries with Renfrew; erected into a burgh of barony; renewal of feud with Renfrew; Abbot George Shaw presents the Heyt House to the town to be used as a Tolbooth; the chapel of SS. Mirin and Columba; extension of town; splendour of Abbey; Lord Claud Hamilton appointed Commendator; destruction of the Abbey; Lord Claud restored to his estates; visit of Queen Anne; visit of King James VI.; the lordship of Paisley sold; property acquired by the magistrates; a new charter; Crawfurd's account of the burgh; silk manufacture; cotton spinning; weaving; the shawl trade; prosperity of town; decline of prosperity; revival; cotton thread industry; other industries; population - Greenock: origin of the burgh; its position; fishing industry; effect of the Union on its trade; fishing and commerce; trade with America; imports and exports; shipbuilding; prosperity - Cartsburn: lands of Cartsburn; village erected into a burgh of barony; Hamilton of Wishaw's account of the town; united with Greenock - Gourock: the barony of Finnart Stewart; the Stewarts of Castle milk; Hamilton of Wishaw's account of the burgh; bay of Gourock; prosperity of the burgh; population and rental value- Wemyss Bay-Port-Glasgow: origin of the burgh; united to Newark - Newark: Tucker's report upon it; Hamilton of Wishaw's account; Wilson's; industries; population - Pollokshaws: its erection; charter; Robertson's description; industries; population; valuation - Eaglesham - Mearns - Kilbarchan -Houston - Kilmacolm - Inverkip - police burghs of Johnstone and Barrhead.

CHAPTER XXIV.-PARISHES, - - - - - - - 393

Parishes in the shire - Eaglesham: its situation: boundaries, and extent; soil; lands of Eaglesham; barony and lordship of Auchinhood; Temple lands; the old and new village; charter for holding fairs and markets; industries; population; annual rental; Robert Pollock; John Law; Patrick Wodrow - Mearns: boundaries and extent; surface and soil; streams and lochs; earliest inhabitants; early proprietors; castle and lands of Mearns; Upper Pollok and Pollok Castle; the lands of Balgray ; the barony of Fingalton; Sir Robert Preston; the Temple lands of Capelrig; chief proprietors; the Common of Mearns; Busby; Netherplace; Hazelden; population; annual value - Cathcart: ancient limits; position of Renfrewshire portion; extent; physical features; the lands of Cathcart; of Newlands; other lands in the parish; the Castle of Cathcart; the battle of Langside; Castle of Bogton; Williamwood; antiquities; industries; population and valuation of the parish; valuation of Aikenhead - Eastwood: formerly consisted of two parishes; boundaries and extent; physical features; the lands of Pollok; of Auldhouse; of Nether Pollok; villages in the parish; industries; - chief proprietors; Mr. Crawford; Mr. Wodrow; Mr. Geo. Campbell; Sir William Stirling Maxwell; population and valuation - Neilston: boundaries and extent; physical features; the lands of Neilston; of Caldwell; of Cowdon; industries; principal proprietors; population and rental - Paisley: the burgh of Paisley separated from it, and again for certain purposes united to it; boundaries of the Paisley (Abbey) parish; extent and physical features; the lands of Paisley; of Crookston; of Cardonald; the castle and barony of Hawkhead; other ancient estates; the Abbey Rental Roll; rents drawn by the monks in the burgh of Paisley; industries; Stanely and other castles; principal proprietors; population and rental - Renfrew: boundaries and extent; physical features; the lands of Renfrew; of Wester Patrick and Blawarthill; of Scotstoun; of Jordanhill, Abbotsinch, Porterfield, Kirkland, etc.; the Knock; legendary fight there; monument in Renfrew Parish Church; Queen Blear-Eye's monument; the Butts; chief proprietors; industries; population and annual rental - Inchinnan: boundaries and extent; physical features; lands of Inchinnan; of Barns, Barnhill, Auldlands, and Newlands; of Cruikisfeu; of Wrichtland, Rassele, and others; the Lennox estates; Southbar; the Common of Inchinnan; Temple lands; castle of Cruikisfeu; the Place of lnchinnan ; the Lady Acre; the ferry of lnchinnan; charters connected therewith; principal proprietors; population and valuation - Erskine: boundaries and extent; physical features; the barony of Erskine; the lands of Bargarran; of Bishopton; of Drum, Kirkland, Glenshinnoch; of Park, Millbank, Dargavel, Craigton, Fulbar, etc.; chief proprietors; villages; ferries; population and valued rental - Houston and Killallan: when united; situation and extent; physical features; the lands of Kilpeter; barony of Houston; house and barony of Barrochan; lands of Fulwood; of Blackburn; of Boghall; industries; market cross (1713); population and valuation - Kilbarchan: shape, boundaries, and extent; physical features; baronies and burgh in the parish; lands of Craigends; lands and barony of Auchinames; barony of Craiginfeoch; lands of Barr; lands of Selvieland; of Johnstone; of Blackstone; of Burntshields; of Waterston; the burgh of Kilbarchan; Linwood; Bridge of Weir;industries; antiquities; Habbie Simpson; population and annual valuation - Lochwinnoch: boundaries and extent; physical features; a geological feature; the castle of Semple; baronies belonging to the Semples; the MacDowals of Garthland; the lands of Millbank; of Balgreen; of Beltrees; of Gavan and Risk; the barony of Cochran; the lands of Barr; of Glen; of Auchinbothie Wallace; of Auchinbothie Blair; of Auchingovan Stewart; the castle of Eliotstoun; of Auchenbothie; Barr Castle; Muirdykes; antiquities; Sir James Semple of Beltrees; population and annual rental - Kilmacolm: boundaries and extent; physical features; barony of Duchal; lands of Cairncurran; barony of Dennistoun; population and annual rental - Greenock: disjoined from lnverkip; boundaries and extent; physical features; lands of Easter and Wester Greenock; of Cartsburn; chief proprietors; population and annual rental - Inverkip: boundaries and extent; physical features; chief proprietor; ancient families; population and valuation.

APPENDIX, - - - - - - - - - - - 431

INDEX, - - - - - - - - - - - - 439

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