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Renfrew, Renfrewshire

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Renfrew, Renfrewshire

Renfrew (Rinn FriĆ¹ in Scottish Gaelic) is a town located 6 miles west of Glasgow in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. Renfrew is known as the "Cradle of the Royal Stewarts" as a result of its early link with the Royal house of Scotland and Great Britain. It gained royal burgh status in 1397 and became the county town of Renfrewshire, also known as the County of Renfrew.
Post townRENFREW
Administrative CountyRenfrewshire
Traditional CountyRenfrewshire
OS GridNS4966
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code0141
Population20,251 (1991 census)

Other names by which Renfrew, Renfrewshire has been known in the past

Reinfraw ~ Rhyn

Renfrew, Renfrewshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Renfrew, parl., royal, and police burgh, par., and co. town of Renfrewshire, on S. bank of river Clyde, 3 miles NE. of Paisley and 5 W. of Glasgow by rail - par., 4311 ac., pop. 7439; royal burgh, pop. 5115; parl. and police burgh, pop. 5503; town, pop. 4855; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Renfrew was made a royal burgh in 1396, and in 1404 gave the title of baron to the heir-apparent of the Scottish throne, a title which is still borne by the Prince of Wales. Shipbuilding and weaving are the chief industries. Renfrew is one of the Kilmarnock Burghs, which return 1 member; its parliamentary limits were extended in 1885.

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