Renfrewshire Family History Society

Dunn Square, Paisley. c. 1890-1900. Photochrom PrintDunn Square, Paisley. c. 1890-1900. Photochrom Print

Renfrewshire Family History Society was established in 1999.  Its aim is to promote and encourage the study of family history and genealogy, especially in the County of Renfrewshire. 

Parishes covered by the Society include Abbey Parish, Cathcart, Eaglesham, Erskine, Eastwood, Greenock, Houston & Killellan, Inchinnan, Inverkip, Kilbarchan, Kilmacolm, Lochwinnoch, Mearns, Neilston, Paisley, Port Glasgow and Renfrew.

Anyone who has an interest in family history relating to Renfrewshire, on payment of a fee, is welcome to join the Society.

Information about Renfrewshire Family History Society


Renfrewshire FHS
c/o 51 Mathie Crescent
PA19 1YU


Please use the Contact Form on their website to contact the Society

Society Newsletter

An Index of articles from the Society Newsletter from 1999-2016 is accessible on their site.

Some articles include:

  • 18th Century Paisley Textile Families
  • Castles and Country Houses of Scotland
  • Church Burial Sites in Paisley
  • Church Records
  • Crime and Punishment in Renfrewshire
  • Discovery of an early Family Relic of William Cross of Inchinnan, Port Glasgow and Greenock (1795-1856)
  • Family History Sources in Ayrshire
  • Family Names in Renfrewshire
  • Freeholders of Renfrewshire and Scotland
  • Irish Sources in Glasgow City Archives
  • Renfrewshire Deaths and Burial Index: Causes of Death
  • Renfrewshire Deserters 1778
  • Renfrewshire Election 1873
  • Scottish Records Before 1707
  • Surnames from Medieval Renfrewshire
  • The High Court of Admiralty Scotland Records 1627-1750


Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Barshaw Auxiliary Hospital 1917-19 and some Red Cross Archives 1910-92
  • Captain Street Greenock, Poorhouse and Asylum Wards, Asylum Warrants 1850-1877
  • Holy Trinity and St Barnabas Church Records
  • Jobbing Book of Mr Waterston - A Paisley Glazier 1736-1744
  • Johnstone High Church, Lair Records and Communicants Records
  • Maternity Records 1921-1975 Barshaw and Thornhill Hospitals
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Paisley Almshouse 1612-1808
  • Paisley Burgh Sneddon Poorhouse Book
  • Poors Roll, Abbey Parish of Paisley
  • Renfrewshire Burial and Death Index
  • Smithston Poorhouse and Asylum Greenock 1880-1931
  • The Abbey and Monastery of Paisley


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