On Sunday, 27th of July, 2014, the Forum had a stall at Archaeology Day at Greenbank House and Gardens. The event was run by the National Trust for Scotland. Derek Alexander of NTS organised the dig. Four of our members and interested teenager, Conor Brett, were volunteers in a small excavation of three trenches in different parts of the gardens.

Trench 1 was the site of a saw mill and Trench 3 was an attempt to find building foundations.

Maggie examining a five inch layer  of greyish ash at sawmill site Trench 1

Maggie examining a five inch layer of greyish ash at sawmill site Trench 1


Maggie, Conor and Bill in Trench 2

Maggie, Conor and Bill in Trench 2

Somerled & the Battle of Renfrew


Saturday 4th October 2014

Somerled & the Battle of Renfrew

The Forum is hosting the conference in Renfrew Town Hall to mark the 850th anniversary of the Battle of Renfrew.  Please see our Conference page for more information.

2014-15 Forum lectures

The 2014-15 Forum Archaeology Lectures,are now online on the Local Archaeology page.  Looks like a very good season!

The lectures for the Associated Societies are also now available on their pages.    The Monthly Calander shall be updated shortly.


Welcome to our new website.  We have added some new sections to the website, including Local History Articles, and by the end of the year we hope to have added all of the articles from the Journal.

Renfrewshire Folklore

Stories! With our history, we should be hoaching with folk-tales of fairies and kelpies, ghosts, tricksters, clowns, and con-men. In fact the Gryffe valley has a fairly good range of ancient and improbable tales, but nobody tells them any more.

Have you ever heard of the fairy ring and the fierce defence the fairies made of it? What about the giant’s teeth, five inches long? – or the death-dealing, satan-worshipping ghost of Duchal Castle ; or the sardonic assassin at Duchal House (not the house you know, but another one we’ve forgotten). What about the shape-shifting housewife who spent her spare time living as a hare; or the minister who consulted the Devil?

And then there’s the thousand lost stories of japes, adventures, scams, triumphs, and tragedies at work and at home. The old mills of Bridge of Weir, the farms, homes, schools, shops, and workplaces across the valley are a rich repository of our heritage.
If you haven’t heard any of these tales it’s because people stopped listening and stopped telling.

We’ve just left the brief interlude when we plan and (sometimes) discard our New Year Resolutions; and we’re approaching the season for spring-cleaning, the time when you find old memories at the back of a drawer. Sometimes you throw them into the bin. Why not make a Spring Resolution that goes something like this: `I’ll pick up a local story and I’ll pass it on’. Don’t under-estimate yourself – you’ll be making a unique contribution to our heritage. If you have any stories to pass on please send them to: Alan Steel at alan@inclusionmatters.co.uk

Next Event

Please check the calendar on the right hand side for our next event.

The Calendar provides details of all forum and associated societies activities.

(B&NHA = Barrhead and Neilston Historical Society, BoWS = Bridge of Weir History Society, JHS = Johnstone Historical Society, LHS = Lochwinnoch History Society, MHG = Mearns History Group, RFHS = Renfrewshire Family History Society)