New Books of Interest

Journal No. 18 (2016)

Renfrewshire Local HistoryForum

 See Publications page for Contents  and Price.








Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire

Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire

By Rob CloseJohn GiffordFrank Arneil Walker

Series: Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland

Published: Nov. 2016

Price: £35.00 (£28 on amazon)

800 pages with 120 colour illustrations







The Semples, Lord Semples of West Scotland: family and contextual history from the 11th to 19th Centuries  Paisley’s

By Roxine A Beaumont Semple

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Dec. 2015

Price £29.99 on amazon

250 pages and numerous excellent illustrations







Paisley’s Fallen in the War 1914 – 1918 

Revised and updated by James Meikle Smith, Renfrewshire Family History Society,and published by Renfrewshire Council, 2016

In 2009 Jim began looking into the Paisley Buddies that paid the supreme sacrifice for their King and Country during the First World War. In researching his book, the starting point was William Lochhead’s “Paisley’s Fallen” published in 1920. Another source was William John Nixon & Lt John McCulloch Young’s “Wasted Journey” Jim felt that those who died after the war as a result of injuries sustained deserved to be honoured and this bookincluded many more Paisley men who died between August 1914 and the end of 1926 where death was attributed to wounds sustained on the battlefields ofthe First World War.

A PDF version of the book is available from all Renfrewshire Libraries and copies have been distributed to all schools and military departments throughout Renfrewshire free of charge. A copy is available from the RLHF archives.


Eaglesham: The farmlands and the Orry 



By Susan Hunter, a member of the Forum and of ACFA

Published by The Association of Certified Field Archaeologists 2016

Price: £13.00

310 pages with numerous illustrations




Newton Mearns through Time


By Graeme Smith and Anne Robertson, members of Mearns History Group

Published: Sept. 2014

Price: £14.99 Available from booksellers and Amazon

180 photographs, old and new, mainly in colour,


Royalties donated to the Isobel Mair School.


Renfrewshire: A Scottish County’s Hidden Past


By Derek Alexander and  Gordon  McCraedon, members of Mearns History Group

Published: Sept. 2012

Price: £14.99 Available from booksellers and Amazon (maybe cheaper at

290 pages

103 illustrations and 16 colour plates

Dedicated to the memory of Gordon McCrae, 1947-2005