The area around the Clyde estuary includes the counties of Dumbarton and Renfrew. Historically, the parish of Govan, which included Partick, lay within Renfrewshire, but is now in Lanarkshire. The Campbell family lived at various places in Dunbartonshire after moving from Glasgow. Further north, in Stirlingshire, the McFarlane family lived and worked at Blairvockie and Cashel on the east bank of Loch Lomond, and the McNicol family lived at the Kirk of Buchanan after moving from Drymen. In the late 1600s, the Allen/McAlpin family lived in the Bonhill parish and worked on farms near the southern end of of the Loch, but when Margaret Allen (Allan) married James Cunninghame in 1714 (my 8g-grandparents), they moved to Bent Farm in the Kilmaronock parish — their youngest child, Christian, married Archibald McNicol at Buchanan in 1752. Christian and Archibald’s eldest daughter, Jean, married Andrew McFarlane of Cashel (my 6g-grandfather) in 1775.

The southern side of the Clyde Estuary was the home of the Barr/Morrison family. Robyn’s 3-g grandmother, Jean Morrison, had come from Islay and married Thomas [1] Barr at Kilmalcolm in 1826, but his family had originally been at Greenock where John [1] Barr had married Helen Anderson in 1761 (Robyn’s 5g-grandparents).


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