"JOHNSTONE, town and quoad sacra parish in Renfrewshire. The town stands on the Black Cart, at the end of Paisley Canal, 3½ miles west-by-south of Paisley; was founded in 1781, on a regular plan, as a seat of manufacture; comprises two squares, intersecting streets, and two small suburbs; contains cotton factories, foundries, and other industrial establishments; publishes 4 weekly newspapers; and has a head post office with money order and telegraph departments, a railway station, 4 banking offices, a public hall, an Established church built in 1793 and repaired in 1877, a Free church, 2 United Presbyterian churches, Episcopalian and Roman Catholic churches, and 3 large public schools. Pop. of the town, 9267; of the quoad sacra parish, 9201. Johnstone Castle, about a mile south-east of the town, is an elegant modern mansion."

[From The Gazetteer of Scotland, by Rev. John Wilson, 1882.]




Church History

Church Records

The parish church records are held in the General Register Office for Scotland in Edinburgh, and copies on microfilm may be consulted in local libraries and in LDS Family History Centres around the world.

Civil Registration

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855. For details of these and other records held at the General Register Office in Edinburgh, see the GRO tutorial.

Description and Travel


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Historical Geography


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Year Population
1882 9267
Year Population
q.s. parish
1882 9201

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