Quarriers Village, Renfrewshire, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Quarriers Village in Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, Scotland.

The village was the heart of the Quarriers organisation, a not-for-profit charity established in the 19th century, initially for orphaned and destitute children from Glasgow. Today, Quarriers has evolved into a major social care charity providing support and care for adults and children with a wide range of physical or learning disabilities and their families.

Impressive building in Quarriers Village

A summary history of Quarriers is provided below.

  • Named after William Quarrier who was born in 1829 to a poor family in Greenock (near Glasgow) who subsequently relocated to Glasgow.
  • William started work at age 6 yrs and later moved into shoemaking. He also attended Blackfriars Baptist Church.
  • Through application of hard work William came to own three shoe shops. He married and his wife produced four children.
  • In 1846, whilst walking home in the evening, William experienced an epiphany moment when he encountered a destitute boy and set up a shoe blacking business for such destitute boys.
  • Next, William raised funds for orphaned and destitute children in Glasgow. First there was a Glasgow night refuge in 1871 and subsequently the Quarriers Village in rural Renfrewshire, west of Glasgow. It is images of this village that are shown in this post.
  • Over the years Quarriers has cared for 40,000 children.
  • Only certain buildings in the Quarriers Village are still used by the charity, mainly for administration.

Mount Zion Church, Quarriers Village.

Quarriers Village, Renfrewshire.

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