Information Board, Kilbarchan

Information Board, Kilbarchan, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the historic and attractive village of Kilbarchan which is situated a few miles S.W.of Paisley and Glasgow. The name is derived from St. Barchan, probably an early Christian missionary from Ireland around the 6th century AD. Other features are:

  • Was a prominent weaving village in the early 19th century with some 800 looms reported to be in operation during the 1830s. This was a cottage industry type operation with houses having looms on the ground floor and living accommodation above. A legacy of this era remains in the form of the Weaver’s Cottage which dates from 1723 and is now a visitor attraction.
  • There is a small steeple with a small building attached. This dates from 1755 and is not a church. The building was originally used as a school and meal market.
  • The steeple contains a statue of Habbie Simpson, a famous left handed Piper.
  • Kilbarchan is home to two churches, both Presbyterian. The late 18th century Kilbarchan East church is modelled on Castlehead church in Paisley. Kilbarchan West Church dates from 1901 but replaced an earlier building dating from 1724.The latter is extant and used as the church hall.

Here is the steeple wherein is the statue of Habbie Simpson, Piper.

Kilbarchan Spire, Kilbarchan

Here is video clip of centre of the village-

Here is the late 18th century Kilbarchan East ChurchKilbarchan East Church, Kilbarchan

Street scene with steeple.Street Scene, Kilbarchan

Here is the Weaver’s Cottage (1723).This has been preserved as a visitor attraction.Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan

Here is inscription over the Weaver’s Cottage Door

Inscription over entrance to Weaver’s Cottage, Kilbarchan, Scotland

Here is the former Kilbarchan West Church built 1724.Old Kilbarchan West Church, Kilbarchan

Here is the 1901 Kilbarchan West ChurchKilbarchan West Church, Kilbarchan

Kilbarchan is an interesting place to visit, particularly for persons with an interest in the weaving industry in the 19th and 18th centuries.

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