An industrial town in East Renfrewshire, Barrhead lies on the River Levern, 7 miles (11 km) south west of Glasgow. It developed from a group of small villages in the late 18th Century in association with the textile industry, in particular bleaching, cotton spinning and calico printing.

Barrhead was created a burgh in 1894 and acquired its own burgh court.

Its stoneware industry became widely known through its links with the Shanks firm of sanitary engineers and by 1900 Shanks was a major employer in Barrhead; sadly the business closed in 1992

Copper was mined from volcanic rocks at the nearby Boylestone Quarry.

In the late 20th Century industries included waterproofing and the manufacture of soft leather and pet foods.

Much of the splendour of its industrial past is evident in the mansion houses of the early industrialists such as Arthurlie House.

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