Local Famous People

Find out about the achievements of some notable well known people from the East Renfrewshire area. Some will be known throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. Others will be less well known, for example, local dignitaries and philanthropists. However, all have made their mark on society in some way, shape or form.

Some are remembered for their political roles and in this James Maxton is probably the best known. Others like John Shanks, Lord Weir and John Robertson were great innovators who contributed to the great industrial and technological advances of the 19th and 20th centuries. Another feature of this time period were those men and women who acted as local benefactors like Archibald Cameron Corbett (Lord Rowallan), James Cowan and William Mann who encouraged the development of public services and donated generous amounts of money or land for public use.

Others left their home towns and villages to achieve fame and success in other places such as Thomas McCulloch who is credited with founding higher education in Nova Scotia Canada.

You can find out more about these people by clicking on the links in the related pages area or using the navigation menu.