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This page has been included in the site structure for two reasons.  Firstly, as a result of the large number of invalid email submissions periodically removed from the main search pages, I felt that Renfrewshire researchers had no medium in which to try to make contact with another researcher if their posted email link was no longer active.

Secondly, owing to the transient nature of email addresses, it is often the case that  research contacts are lost with the passing of time.   I felt that this page would be a useful tool for Renfrewshire researchers to identify those lost contacts with a view to re-establishing them.  

If you would like to post your 'Contact Sought' please email me on and I will add your enquiry to this page. 

I would also be interested to hear from anyone who has success with using this page.

But PLEASE -  Renfrewshire Researchers only.   It is suggested that you use your 'find' option to search this page.


Deborah - (23 July 09)

I am trying to contact Pat Wadman re John Kernohan and Annie Russell. They were married Greenock in 1882. (1787)


Monica - (28 Sep 05)

I am hoping there is someone who can help me find information about Margaret Miller. I think she was born in Neilston about 1853. Her father's name was John Miller and he was a printer. I am not sure when she moved to England but she married Joseph Taylor in Middlesex in 1873 age 20. I have found this information from the 1881 Census and her marriage certificate. I do not know if the whole family moved to England but I would appreciate any information. I have been unable to find her date of death. Margaret Miller/Taylor was my great grandmother. Thank you. (1736)


Sharon - (14 Sep 04)

My ggrandmother's tombstone says she was born in Paisley Scotland july 13, 1823. Her name was Margaret Russell. She had brothers named Archibald and William. Margaret and her family moved to Canada and later to the US. I would like to communicate with anyone who has information to share. Thank you. (1655)


Sheena Bradshaw - (12 Nov 04)

Can you help, James Tait, b. 1840, m Catherine McPherson in Greenock 1862. Marriage certificate shows parents as John Tait and Ann Rodger. However the only birth I can find for James Tait is to Robert Tait and Elizabeth Rodger (? two brothers marrying sisters). Catherine's parents are shown as John McPherson and Margaret McIntyre, but the only ones I can find would be too old to have given birth to Catherine. I've wondered about adoption. any info would be appreciated. James and Catherine are my gggrandparents (1659)


Elaine Fairhead - (24 Feb 03)

I would like to trace anyone who is a descendant of Matthew Beattie (died 1910).  He lived at High Street, Renfrew.  He had 8 children - James, Mary, Jeanie, Sarah (married McBride), Matthew, Lizzie, Agnes and Maggie.  I am his great, great, granddaughter and would dearly love to trace my relatives.  Sarah had two children that I know of - James & Matthew, born between 1900 and 1908.  I am Elaine and the last of our line of the family.   Matthew's eldest son, James, left Renfrew to live in Sunderland.  He was my great grandfather.

Albert Barnes-Wilson - (3 Feb 03)

Albert Barnes Wilson born 18 March 1944, 133 Balomock Rd, Glasgow.  Seeking contact with anybody who knew or knows of the whereabouts of Sarah Elisabeth Barnes-Wilson, last known address 510 Crookston Rd, Glasgow.  Hospital Kitchen Hand.  Reason - mother I have never known.  Thank you


Robert Duncan Vint - (26 Jan 02)

(Please note this email address is no longer active - 28 Sept 02)


I'm trying to contact my brother 'Alan Martin Vint' last known address: (1984 - 5 Woodburn Place, Houston, Johnstone, Renfrewshire).  We are the two sons of Robert Millar Vint of 20 Lady Lane, Paisley.  My father died in 1984 and I have not seen my brother since.  I now live and have done so for the last ten years in North Wales UK. (1321)


I would be very grateful if you could forward an email or street address for my brother Alan.  Thanking you in anticipation - Robert Duncan Vint 




Hugh McLachlan - (24 Jan 02)


Trying to make contact with any of the following or their relatives:


ROBINSON, Derick, son of George and Isabella McLachlan Cheevers born Greenock 1959 (1322)

McCONNELL, Henry (b1910) and/or Margaret Campbell (b 1904), children of Joan McLachlan and David McConnell.  Henry married Lydia Allison in 1935.  Addresses in 1935 were 39 Holmscroft St and 20 Bearhope St, Greenock (1323)

GLASS, Hugh Alexander Campbell McLachlan b 1938 Pine St, Greenock (1324)


Hugh McLachlan, Orillia, Ontario, Canada 



Marion Baker - (24 Nov 01)

Looking for Annie Menzies & Robert Menzies (siblings), known to be alive & living in Neilston, Renf. 1931.. They were born early 1870s, the children of Robert Menzies and Isabella Smith. Marion Baker, St. John's, Newfoundland (1325)


Lewis Carter - (05 June 2004)

I am searching for my Grandfather's half-brother, or family of. His name is Sydney George PERKS in Gourock or surrounding area from 1939 to present date.

His mother was FRANCES SARAH PERKS of Weymouth (1635)


Jan Harding - (16 Apr 04)

I am trying to find details of Frederick Pollard, father of Francis Pollard born 12March 1927 (my father's cousin). Frederick worked at the Alexandria Hospital in Rhyl, North Wales as an engineer. His address on Francis's birth certificate, dated 21 April 1927, was 14 Dunn Street Paisley. Francis's mother was Edith Stuart b 1898. Although she referred to herself as Pollard they may not have been married

If anyone does find anything which can help Francis piece together his past please let me know. Many thanks, Jan Harding (1608)


Sandra Hall - (16 Apr 04)

I am searching for relatives of mine in the Kilmacolm area. I know that my Great Aunt Minnie (Wilhelmina) Galbreath, married a gentleman with the last name of Galbreath, also, and lived in Kilmacolm. She had two sons Robert and John. Please contact me at the above email address.

I am the grand daughter of Mary (Mae) Galbreath, sister of Minnie. My grandmother, Mae, married Hugh Gillies of Tayvallich and they both emigrated to Canada after WW1. Thanking you in advance for any information that you may be able to provide me with. Sandra (1607)


Meggi - (17 Apr 04)

John McLean married Mary Campbell on 7 or 9 June 1806 at Old/West Parish, Greenock. Who are their parents?(1606)


Pat Van der Maas - (17 Apr 04)

I am researching the family of HAMILTON MURDOCH who was born in 1858, (I think in Ireland) and married ELIZABETH KENNEDY, born 1866. They married 21 July 1884 in Renfrew. They had a son, James, who was born in 1899 at 52 High Street, Renfrew. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Pat.(1605)


Kathy Riddett - (09 May 04)

Looking for Robert and Elizabeth Hill, daughter, Helen, and son Robert jr? around 1840? they migrated to Sydney, Australia. Helen marries in 1865. She was from Paisley, Scotland. This was on the birth certificate of her son. Hellen was my great grandmother.

Thank you, Kate.(1617)


Val Gray - (17 Apr 04)

I am back doing my family tree (after a few years absence). Names in my tree are McElhone, McKinney, McKendrick, McCluskey, Johnstone and Halliday from Renfrewshire. Hope to put all my information in a book. Old family friends and new ones, please contact me at above email address. Thanks Val Gray(1596)


G Wheeler - (28 May 04)

I would like to contact anyone who is a descendantof Andrew Reid (1627)or Thomas Gibb (1628), both from Paisley, Renfrewshire. Andrew was a grocer about 1844 and Thomas Gibb was a church officer and house factor circa 1838. Andrew Reid was married to Jane McMillan and Thomas Gibb was married to Jane/Jean Gardner. Please contact me at the email address above.(1627/1628)


Myrna Coubrough - (13 June 04)

I would dearly love to hear from anyone connected to the Allans, or anyone connected to the Coubrough name

Jean ALLAN (1634), b 1811, Thorniebank, married Matt COUBROUGH in 1831, in Thornliebank. Matt was a colour printer in the printworks there

They had 10 children all born in Renfrewshire:

  • James. b 1831, moved to Canada and married Annie Macdonald of Halifax, died 1904
  • Robert b 1832, m 1854 Agnes Morton in Thornliebank
  • Jane b 1834, m 1865 John Campbell in Pollokshaws, d abt 1905
  • Barbara b 1836, d before 1841
  • Mathew b 1838, d before 1841
  • Ann b 1840, never marrid, d 1873
  • Malcolm b 1845, never married, d 1873
  • William b 1845, m 1883 Jeanie Deuchar in Glasgow
  • Margaret b 1849, never married
  • Matthew b 1851, m 1874 Margaret Dowall in Thorniebank

    Except for the two who died as young children,Jim (James) was the only one of the children who did not work in the printworks: He joined the British Army before 1850, which is how he got to Canada

    I would dearly love to know who Jean Allan's parents were. Judging by the names of her first daughter and second son, I suppose they should have been Janea and Robert Allan, but I have not been able to find any such couple. Any information about this family would be greatly appreciated. Myrna Cobrough(1634)


    Elizabeth Darby - (13 June 04)

    I am looking for any information at all on Robert Peattie, joiner, of Barrhead who married Christina (Christian?) Blair at Neilston on 26 August 1836. The parish register is very brief and uninformative. If anyone can help I would be very pleased. They may subsequently have moved to Glasgow, but I can't find them in any census. Elizabeth Darby (1636)


    Michele McKenna - (14 Sep 04)

    Searching for information on James Giffin born Ayrshire c 1813 who married Janet about 1833 (she was from Lochwinnoch Renfrewshire born c 1813). Their children were all born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Robert c 1833, Margaret c 1836, Colin c 11839, James c 1842, Jessie c 1844, Elizabeth c 1847. They travelled to Liverpool at some stage and emigrated to Australia on the Beejapore in 1853. James Giffin is my husband's ggg grandfather and I am trying to find further relatives (1647)


    Chris O'Sullivan - (14 Nov 01)

    I would like to make contact with Mr Phil Stilton, whose last known email address was (pre May 00).  Phil is descended from Margaret Goudie, daughter of William Laurie Goudie & Elizabeth MacCarthur.  Margaret was born 20 April 1823 in Paisley and married John Brierly 30 December 1844 at High Church Paisley.  My ancestor William Goudie was Margaret Goudie's brother (1030)

    Comments - On 2 January 2002 I received an email from Phil Stilton, whose wife had read this posting and we are presently exchanging family information.

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