The grand, red-sandstone frontage of Thomas Coats Memorial Church in Paisley


Renfrewshire is one of Scotland’s 32 council areas.

Although Renfrewshire contains the traditional county town of Renfrew, from which its name derives, Paisley is the administrative centre and main settlement.

Renfrewshire is the successor of the former Renfrew District. It covers a slightly smaller area than its predecessor. Some of the district, including the towns of Barrhead, Neilston and Uplawmoor were transferred to the new East Renfrewshire area when Strathclyde Region was partitioned in 1996.

Renfrewshire borders Glasgow, North Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire.

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