6 Must-Read books about Renfrewshire

Here at Home Instead Renfrewshire and Barrhead, we love to discover more about our local area. We’ve compiled a list of interesting reads about Renfrewshire for you to enjoy !

From Paisley to Lochwinnoch and Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire has a rich history to discover. What better way to do so than through the magical world of literature.

Renfrewshire is brimming with history and culture, with a colourful past just waiting to be discovered. These authors have attempted to bring to life the history of our amazing county in this selection of fascinating books.

1. A Century of Paisley by Ellen Farmer (Author) and The Old Paisley Society (Contributor)

Full of enchanting photos of Paisley through the years, paired with many intriguing facts and details. Get lost in old Paisley and reminisce with this beautiful collection of images.

2. Renfrewshire: A Scottish County’s Hidden Past by Derek Alexander and Gordon McCrae

A captivating summary of Renfrewshire’s rich heritage. Discover some of Renfrewshire’s oldest secrets and mysteries in this engrossing read.

3. Paisley’s Trams and Buses: Twenties to Eighties by A.W. Brotchie

Filled with incredible images and information about Renfrewshire’s transport system. Discover all about the transportation of Renfrewshire’s past and be transported to another time.

4. Paisley’s Fallen in the War 1914-1918 by Jim Smith

A fitting tribute to those Paisley servicemen and servicewomen who gave their lives for their country. Delve in to the riveting past of those from Paisley who served their country  in the First World War.

5. Kilbarchan and the Handloom Weavers by Helen Calcluth

A riveting history of Kilbarchan’s weaving industry. Discover the gripping history of Kilbarchan through the eyes of the weavers.

6. Cairn of Lochwinnoch Compiled by Andrew Crawfurd

Available to view at Paisley Central Library’s Heritage Centre, this fascinating collection of 48 volumes include family trees, newspaper extracts and clippings, scandalous stories and entertaining gossip. A firm favourite of historians and locals alike, this incredible collection makes it well worth diving down the rabbit hole of Lochwinnoch’s past.

Whether you’re looking to find out more about your local area or just love to discover new books, this collection of Renfrewshire gems will have you hooked.

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