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Houston and Killallan

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"HOUSTON, village and parish in north centre of Renfrewshire. ..... The parish contains also Crosslee village and part of Bridge of Weir. Its length is 6 miles; its greatest breadth 3¼ miles; its area 7585 acres. ..... Pop. 2191. The western section is uneven, and partly pastoral. The eastern section is flat, and consists mostly of fertile arable land, but includes a moss of about 300 acres. The moss was leased in 1879 to Glasgow City Corporation, and began immediately to be subjected, with aid of local railway, to a process of fertilization, by distribution on it of refust from the city. Coal, limestone, and sandstone are found. Cotton-spinning and bleaching are largely carried on. The seats are Houston House and Barrochan; and chief antiquities are Barrochan Cross, an altar-tomb in chancel of ancient church, and the site of a fine old baronial castle. A Free church is at Bridge of Weir. 5 schools for 561 scholars are in the parish, and class-rooms in them for 125 are new."

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



Church Records

"A Free church is at Bridge of Weir."
From The Gazetteer of Scotland, by Rev. John Wilson, 1882.

Records in the old parish registers (OPRs) for Houston parish span the following years:

Births or Baptisms ~ 1720-1854
Marriages or Banns ~ 1720-1854
Deaths or Burials ~ no records

Records in the old parish registers (OPRs) for Killallan parish span the following years:

Births or Baptisms ~ 1731-1772
Marriages or Banns ~ 1731-1771 and 1820-1854
Deaths or Burials ~ no records


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