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OS grid reference: NS501588
Population: 19,813 (2001 Census)
Council area: East Renfrewshire
Constituent country: Scotland
Sovereign state: United Kingdom
Police force: Strathclyde Police
Lieutenancy area: Renfrewshire
Former county: Renfrewshire
Post town: GLASGOW
Postal: G78
Telephone: 0141
Scottish Parliament: Eastwood
UK Parliament: Eastwood
European Parliament: Scotland

Barrhead (Ceann a' Bhàirr in Scottish Gaelic although Gaelic is not spoken by natives of this part of Scotland] or Baurheid by some locals) is a town in East Renfrewshire, Scotland, 8 miles southwest of Glasgow on the edge of the Gleniffer Braes. As of the 2001 census its population was 19,813. The name Barrhead derives from the agricultural term 'Barr', ie. long ploughed furrows for cultivation of crops. The original homestead or hamlet was literally situated at the head of barrs and became known as Barrhead. The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... For local government purposes, Scotland is divided into 32 areas designated as Council Areas of Scotland which are all governed by unitary authorities designated as Councils which have the option under the Local Government (Gaelic Names) (Scotland) Act 1997(as chosen by Na h-Eileanan an Iar) of being known... East Renfrewshire (Siorrachd Rinn Friù an Ear in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland. ... Constituent countries is a phrase used, often by official institutions, in contexts in which a number of countries make up a larger entity or grouping; thus the OECD has used the phrase in reference to the former Yugoslavia[1] and European institutions such as the Council of Europe frequently use... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... Strathclyde Police is the police force for the Scottish council areas of Argyll and Bute, City of Glasgow, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. ... The Lieutenancy areas of Scotland are the areas used for the ceremonial lords-lieutenant, the monarchs representatives, in Scotland. ... Renfrewshire (Siorrachd Rinn Friù in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary authority regions in Scotland. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Renfrewshire was a county of Scotland until their abolition in 1975. ... This is a list of post towns in the United Kingdom, sorted by the postal area (the first part of the outward code of a postcode). ... This is a list of the post towns of the United Kingdom – it appears in postcode sequence. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... The Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) has 73 constituencies, each electing one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post system of election, and eight additional member regions, each electing seven additional member MSPs. ... Eastwood is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). ... Scotland is divided into 59 constituencies of the United Kingdom Parliament - 19 Burgh constituencies and 40 County constituencies. ... Eastwood was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1983 until 2005. ... This is a list of Members of the European Parliament for the United Kingdom in the 2004 to 2009 session, ordered by name. ... Scotland constitutes a single constituency of the European Parliament. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... // Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... East Renfrewshire (Siorrachd Rinn Friù an Ear in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II... Glaswegian redirects here. ... Glennifer Braes is a set of hills to the south of Paisley. ...

The town was formed when a series of small textile-producing villages (Barrhead, Arthurlie, Grahamston and Gateside) gradually grew into one another to form one contiguous town. According to local historian James McWhirter, the name "Barrhead" first appeared in 1750. [1] In 1894 Barrhead became a Burgh, meaning that it had its own town Council. This status was withdrawn in 1975 at the time of the institution of Strathclyde Regional Council and Renfrew District Council. Subsequent reorganisation to a single tier local authority placed Barrhead under the auspices of East Renfrewshire Council. Barrhead is a single council ward, electing 4 members to serve as part of East Renfrewshire Council. Arthurlie Football Club are a Scottish football (soccer) club based in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire. ... Gateside is a small village in the north west of Fife, Scotland. ... Strathclyde (Srath Chluaidh in Gaelic) was one of the regional council areas of Scotland from 1974 to 1996. ... Renfrew District (Sgìre Rinn Friù in Scottish Gaelic) was formerly (1975-96) one of nineteen local government districts in the Strathclyde region of Scotland. ... East Renfrewshire (Siorrachd Rinn Friù an Ear in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland. ...

During the 19th and early 20th century, the town was a major centre for manufacturing, with industries including an iron foundry, tannery and the Armitage Shanks porcelainware works, as well as Gaskell's carpet factory, employing generations of the town's residents. In the latter 20th century, the decline and closure of nearly all of these industries caused a fall in local population and employment. In recent years, Barrhead has found new life as a popular residential commuter town for nearby Paisley and Glasgow. A foundry is a factory which produces castings of metal, both ferrous and non-ferrous. ... This page is about making leather. ... Armitage Shanks on a Urinal Armitage Shanks is a British manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and plumbing supplies. ... Paisley (Scottish Gaelic: ) is a town and former burgh located in the west central lowlands of Scotland. ...

In 2007, Readers Digest magazine voted East Renfrewshire the second best place in the UK to raise a family. The magazine visited and cited Barrhead in their decision. [2]


Business and Economy

Map sources for Barrhead at grid reference NS501588

Major businesses within the town include Barrhead Travel, Kelburn Brewing Company, and JM Murdoch & Son, among others. The town's largest employer remains East Renfrewshire Council and the public sector. In 2002, part of the administration of East Renfrewshire Council relocated from Eastwood Park to Barrhead Main Street. Image File history File links Dot4gb. ... Image File history File links Gb4dot. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ...

There is a very limited range of retail goods available within Barrhead, and residents must rely on nearby Paisley and Glasgow for the bulk of their purchases. The town's main supermarket, Tesco, is located outside the town centre and draws people away from, rather than into, the town.

There is also a lack of dedicated business space for service businesses. To address this, East Renfrewshire Council has committed nearly £100 million to a masterplan which will redevelop and modernise Barrhead's economy between 2007 and 2017. The Glasgow Road corridor is being redeveloped into a dedicated business district which includes Crossmill Business Park, Blackbyres Court, and the former Bowerwalls housing area.

There are four industrial estates: Robertson Street Industrial Estate, Levern Industrial Estate at Cogan Street, Muriel Street, and the Barrhead Cargo Centre and Shanks Industrial Park, located on the former site of the Armitage Shanks factory.

In 2005 local businesses created the Barrhead Business Forum, which liaises with East Renfrewshire Council, Barrhead Community Council, and East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.

The administration and collection of business rates for Barrhead is undertaken by Renfrewshire Council. The national rate for business rates set by the Scottish Executive for 2007-2008 is 44.1p per pound. Business rates are a United Kingdom tax charged to businesses and other occupiers of non-domestic property. ...

East Renfrewshire Credit Union is based in Barrhead. A credit union is a not-for-profit co-operative financial institution that is owned and controlled by its members, through the election of a volunteer Board of Directors elected from the membership itself. ...

The town is part of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. The nearest A&E unit is located at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. Logo of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is a new NHS board in Scotland, United Kingdom, created from the amalgamation of NHS Greater Glasgow and part of NHS Argyll and Clyde on April 1, 2006. ... Paisley (Scottish Gaelic: ) is a town and former burgh located in the west central lowlands of Scotland. ...


Barrhead is reached by Junction 3 of the M77 motorway, off exit A727. The M77 motorway is a motorway in Scotland. ...

Local bus services travel from Barrhead to Glasgow, Paisley, Neilston, and Newton Mearns. Glaswegian redirects here. ... Paisley (Scottish Gaelic: ) is a town and former burgh located in the west central lowlands of Scotland. ... Neilston is a village lying to the south west of Barrhead in East Renfrewshire in Scotland. ... Newton Mearns is a small suburban town 7 miles southwest of Glasgow, Scotland. ...

Barrhead railway station, which serves the town, is on the Glasgow South Western Line. Trains from Barrhead run northeast to Glasgow Central and south to Kilmarnock, Stranraer, and Carlisle. Barrhead railway station is a railway station in the town of Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland. ... The Glasgow South Western Line is a mainline railway in Scotland that runs from Glasgow to Kilmarnock, and then either Carlisle via Dumfries, or Stranraer via Ayr, with a branch to East Kilbride The line south of Kilmarnock was built by the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway and the Glasgow... Glasgow Central can refer to: the railway station Central Station, Glasgow a United Kingdom parliamentary constituency that was abolished in 1997 This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Kilmarnock (Cill Mheàrnaig in Scottish Gaelic, and Killie locally) is a large burgh in East Ayrshire, Scotland, with a population of 44,170 [1]. It is roughly between Glasgow and Ayr. ... Stranraer (An t-Sròn Reamhar in Gaelic) is a town in the south of Scotland in the west of the region of Dumfries and Galloway and in the county of Wigtownshire. ... Carlisle is a city in the far north-west of England, and is the largest urban area in Cumbria. ...

At the beginning of the 20th century, several railway lines ran through Barrhead to accommodate the town's manufacturing industries: the Glasgow Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway and the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway, which merged to become the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway; the Glasgow and South Western Railway, which built Barrhead Central railway station as the terminus of its short-lived Barrhead branch; and the Caledonian Railway. A standalone section of viaduct near the Tesco car park at the Westbourne Centre is all that remains of these former lines. The Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Line was a railway co-owned by Caledonian Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway and was an amalgation of two different lines: the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway and the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway. ... Glasgow and South Western Railway formed part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. ... Barrhead Central railway station was a railway station serving the town of Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland. ... The Caledonian Railway was a Scottish railway company which was grouped into the London Midland and Scottish Railway by the Railways Act 1921 in 1923. ...


Barrhead has six primary schools: Auchenback Primary School, Carlibar Primary School, Cross Arthurlie Primary School, Springhill Primary School, St. John's Roman Catholic Primary School and St. Mark's Roman Catholic Primary School. In 2007, St. Mark's received an outstanding report from HM Inspectorate of Education with 11 'excellents' - the most ever recorded by HMIE - making St. Mark's officially the best school in Scotland.

The new Carlibar Primary School, opened in the autumn of 2006 to replace an outdated building, hosts a family centre, a pre-school assessment unit, community and adult learning services, and a state-of-the-art language and communication unit which serves nearly 50 children with autism from across East Renfrewshire. Autism is classified by the World Health Organization and American Psychological Association as a developmental disability that results from a disorder of the human central nervous system. ...

The town has two secondary schools: St. Luke's High School and Barrhead High. The latter has been named a School of Ambition by the Scottish Executive. St Lukes High School is a secondary school situated in the Auchenback area of Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, in the Greater Glasgow area. ... Barrhead High is a school located in Barrhead near Glasgow, Scotland. ... The Schools of Ambition programme is a political education initiative in Scotland run by the Scottish Executive Education Department. ... The Executives logo, shown with English and Scottish Gaelic caption The term Scottish Executive is used in two different, but closely-related senses: to denote the executive arm of Scotlands national legislature (i. ...

A new further education unit, East Renfrewshire College, is planned for the town centre. [1]

Leisure and Arts

The Royal Shakespeare Company has staged full performances in Barrhead five times, most recently "The Canterbury Tales" in 2006, using a mobile performance venue set up in Barrhead Sports Centre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon The Royal Shakespeare Company is a British theatre company. ... Canterbury Tales Woodcut 1484 The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse). ...

An active Scottish Junior football team called Arthurlie FC thrives in Barrhead, with a previous club of the same name having played as a senior league side until 1929. The earlier team was renowned for its 4-2 defeat of Celtic F.C. in the 1897 Scottish Cup. Arthurlie's finest player, Johnny Kelly, went on to play for Celtic and Barnsley and won several caps for Scotland. The team won the Scottish Junior Cup in 1998. The Scottish Junior Football Association (SJFA) is the organising body for the junior grade of football (soccer) in Scotland. ... Arthurlie Football Club are a junior football team based in Barrhead, near Glasgow, who currently play in the Scottish Junior Football Association, Western Regions premier division. ... Celtic Football Club (pronounced seltik in IPA; AIM: CCP) is a Scottish football club, competing in the Scottish Premier League, the highest form of competition in Scotland. ... Barnsley is a large town in South Yorkshire, England, lying on the River Dearne, approximately twenty kilometres north of Sheffield. ...

Barrhead is also home to the following Bowling Clubs: Barrhead, Arthurlie, Shanks, and St John's; and also the Fereneze Golf Club and the Arthurlie Tennis Club. Barrhead Boxing Club has produced several contenders at Scottish Amateur level. Fereneze Golf Club is a golf club in the Glasgow commuter town on Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland. ...

There are several public houses in Barrhead. These include Cross Stobs, The Kelburn, The Arthurlie Inns, The Fereneze Inn, and The Brig Inn. The Cross Stobs dates back to at least 1695.


Natives of Barrhead are known as Borrheeders.

Famous Barrheadonians include:
Christopher Brookmyre, author
Douglas Henshall, actor
Alex McLeish, current manager of the Scotland national football team
Paul Lambert, former Celtic F.C. captain and European Cup winner
Andy Roxburgh, former Scotland football manager and current Technical Director of UEFA and previously Headmaster of Carlibar Primary to 1975
Dougie Pincock, folk star of The Battlefield Band, who is now Director of the Scottish National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music
Christine McGourty, BBC Science correspondent (Henshall and McGourty were exact contemporaries at Barrhead High School)
Rosie, the guitarist of punk band The Hedrons[2]
Gordon McCorkell, actor
Jamie Harvey, professional darts player
Paul Hanvidge, professional darts player
Christopher Brookmyre (b. ... Douglas James Henshall (born 19 November 1965), sometimes credited as Dougie Henshall, is a Scottish actor. ... Alexander McLeish (born January 21, 1959 in Barrhead, Scotland) nicknamed Big Eck, is a former professional footballer and is currently manager of the Scotland national team. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Scotland 11 - 0 Ireland (Glasgow, Scotland; 23 February 1901) Biggest defeat Uruguay 7 - 0 Scotland (Basel, Switzerland; 19 June 1954) World Cup Appearances 8 (First in 1954) Best result Round 1, all European Championship Appearances 2 (First... Paul Lambert (born August 7, 1969) is a Scottish former footballer and football manager. ... Celtic Football Club (pronounced seltik in IPA; AIM: CCP) is a Scottish football club, competing in the Scottish Premier League, the highest form of competition in Scotland. ... Champions League Logo The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between Europes most successful clubs, regarded as the most prestigious club trophy in the sport. ... Andy Roxburgh is a Scottish football coach. ... The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh) or ), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... For 30 years Battlefield Band has been a training ground for some of the greatest Scottish musicians. ... The Hedrons formed in early 2005 in their native Glasgow. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jamie Harvey (born August 15, 1955 in Glasgow) is a Scottish darts player who plays in the Professional Darts Corporation. ... Paul Hanvidge (born June 15, 1961) is a Scottish darts player who lives in Barrhead, Glasgow. ...

Gregor Fisher, better known as Scottish comedy star "Rab C Nesbit," was a former pupil of Barrhead High School, although lived in neighbouring Neilston. Gregor Fisher (born 22 December 1953) is a popular Scottish comedian and actor. ... Neilston is a village lying to the south west of Barrhead in East Renfrewshire in Scotland. ...

An adoptive Barrheadonian is dancer Darrien Wright (born Darlington) winner of the 2006 BBC Strictly Dance Fever competition (with Hollie Robertson). The family of pop singer Paolo Nutini had a newsagents shop in Barrhead for many years on the corner of Victoria Road and Paisley Road. Darrien Wright (born April 26, 1985) partnered Hollie Robertson in the second series of BBC One show Strictly Dance Fever. ... View of Darlington including the town clock. ... Strictly Dance Fever was a BBC One television series which is in many ways similar to the popular Strictly Come Dancing TV series. ... Hollie Victoria Robertson (born March 21, 1985) partnered Darrien Wright in the second series of BBC One show Strictly Dance Fever. ... Paolo Giovanni Nutini (born 9 January 1987) is a singer/songwriter from Paisley, Scotland. ...

Going back a little further, Barrhead also produced Gordon Murray, Scottish Amateur Golf Champion in the 1970s and member of the British Walker Cup team; Gilbert Nichol, a 1950s Olympic speedskater; Rangers' 9 times league winning striker Bob McPhail; and celebrated 19th century footballer Robert Stevenson. Gordon Murray (born 1946 in Durban, South Africa) is a renowned designer of Formula 1 race cars and the McLaren F1 roadcar. ... The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in odd numbered years between teams comprising the leading amateur golfers of the United States and Great Britain and Ireland (in political terms the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland). ... Rangers Football Club is a football club from Glasgow, Scotland, which plays in the Scottish Premier League. ... Robert (Bob) McPhail is a former professional footballer who played for Airdrieonians and Rangers. ... Robert Stevenson (b: Barrhead, Scotland, 1869. ...

Kate Cranston, the Glasgow Tearoom entrepreneur known for her working partnership with the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, lived on Carlibar Road with her husband, John Cochrane, the third Provost of Barrhead. Catherine Cranston (1849–1934), widely known as Kate Cranston or Miss Cranston, was a leading figure in the development of the social phenomenon of tea rooms. ... Hill House, Helensburgh. ...

John Davidson, a poet and playwright best known for his ballads, was born on Lowndes Street. John Davidson is also the name of a former ice hockey player. ...

James Maxton, the Scottish socialist politician and leader of the Independent Labour Party, lived in Barrhead from the age of 5, where his father was headmaster of Grahamston School. Their family home was ‘Beechwood’ situated in Gateside Road. Maxton attended school in Barrhead until he was twelve years old. In the 1960s, Maxton's second wife Madeline gifted a plot of land to the people of Barrhead on which the local council built a memorial garden as a tribute to Maxton, [3] although this plot has now fallen into disrepair. James Maxton was a Scottish politician. ... The Independent Labour Party (ILP) was a former political party in the United Kingdom. ...


At the bottom end of Cowan Park lies St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church (usually referred to as "St. John's") which serves approximately 5300 Catholics (average weekly attendance 1800) in Barrhead.

The Church of Scotland has the following parish churches: Bourock, Arthurlie and South & Levern. There is also a Methodist Church and several small evangelical churches.


In 1851 an explosion at the Victoria Pit colliery in nearby Nitshill occurred, killing 63 men and boys who worked in the mine, many of whom lived in Barrhead. The victims were buried in a mass grave in the yard at St John's Church on Darnley Road, and although they were later exhumed to other cemeteries, some may still reside at St John's in an unmarked grave.[3] Nitshill is a suburb on the south side of Glasgow. ...

During World War II, a handful of bombs fell on Barrhead from German planes headed towards Clydebank and Yoker. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Clydebank (Bruach Chluaidh in Gaelic) is a town in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, lying on the north bank of the river Clyde. ... Yoker is a western district of Glasgow, lying on the northern bank of the Clyde to the east of Clydebank. ...

On 8th March 2006 for the first time in 31 years, a Council meeting was held in Barrhead.


  1. ^ "Mine Ain Grey Toon", by James McWhirter, available at Barrhead library.
  2. ^ http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/best-places-to-raise-a-family-i-228.html
  3. ^ http://www.pollok-kist.co.uk/victoriapit.htm

External links

  • Barrhead News
  • Barrhead Heritage Trail
  • Better Barrhead (Redevelopment Masterplan)
  • Barrhead Business Forum
  • East Renfrewshire Council

Coordinates: 55°47′N, 4°23′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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