"Renfrewshire, maritime co., in SW. of Scotland, bounded N. by the river
Clyde and Dumbartonshire, E. by Lanarkshire, S. by Ayrshire, and W. by the
Firth of Clyde; greatest length, NW. and SE., 31 miles; greatest breadth,
NE. and SW., 14 miles; area, 150,785 ac., pop. 263,374. The principal streams,
all flowing to the Clyde, are the Black Cart, the White Cart, and the Gryde.
The surface in the S. and SW. parts of the co. is hilly, and somewhat bleak
and moorish; it thence undulates to the banks of the Clyde, along which
there is some rich and lowlying land."
from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British
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