Place:Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Alt namesKithcartsource: Scots
Coille Chartsource: Scottish Gaelic
Coordinates55.8195°N 4.2679°W
Located inRenfrewshire, Scotland     (1671 - 1912)
See alsoGovan, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotlandpart of Cathcart was always in Govan
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotlandabsorbed into the city in 1912, remained till 1975
Strathclyde, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996
City of Glasgow, Scotlandunitary Council Area since 1996
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Note: The first of the two Family History Library references describes those for Renfrewshire and contains both church records and censuses. The second is Lanarkshire references, and gives a church records index or transcription only. (See also The FamilySearch Wiki on Cathcart.)

Cathcart does not show on the map above, but in fact it would be where the word "Renfrewshire" is placed.

the following is based on an article in Wikipedia

In 1900 the major part of Cathcart was in Renfrewshire with a smaller part in Lanarkshire (as part of the Burgh of Govan).(See GENUKI for a description in depth).

in 1912 most of the ancient parish was annexed by the City of Glasgow, but it retains a distinct local identity. Cathcart is mainly a residential area, containing a mix of tenements, terraces and villas built from red or blonde sandstone. There are some historic buildings, including the Couper Institute (a public hall and library) and the Snuff Mill. One of Alexander Thomson's most significant buildings, Holmwood House, is situated in Cathcart, close to the Glasgow city boundary.

Today Cathcart is an area of Glasgow between the neighbourhoods of Mount Florida, King's Park, Muirend and Newlands. The White Cart Water flows through Cathcart, downstream from Linn Park.

Local industrial and commercial enterprises include ClydeUnion Pumps, and the headquarters of Scottish Power. Earlier industrial concerns are described in Scottish Places.


Research Tips

Dates of Cathcart's Old Parish Registers

Births 1672-1854
Marriages 1672-1705 and 1712-1801 and 1820-1854
Deaths 1674-1708 and 1719-1854

Sources for Old Parish Registers Records, Vital Records and Censuses

The old parish registers given above are those of the original Church of Scotland. Other churches with congregations in the area included the Free Church (established after 1843), the United Presbyterian Church (established circa 1860), and the Wesleyans (or Methodists). They would have all kept their own parish registers. Roman Catholic Records can be found on Scotland's People.

Sources for Cemetery Information

  • The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN holds the records of some twenty Glasgow cemeteries covering the period from the Glasgow City Archives, as well as lair plans and registers of burials in intra-mural burial grounds from 1870 to 1950. Records are arranged in unindexed chronological order. Some of these cemeteries have been transcribed by The Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society.

Further Sources of Reference

Please note and respect the copyright warnings on these websites.

  • GENUKI article on Cathcart
  • Scottish Places article on Cathcart--more information may be found by following the tabs on the right. The parish maps in this series are very useful.
  • The maps website of the National Library of Scotland allows comparisons of modern-day and old maps of the same place. From the home page click on "Find by place" and then follow the instructions on the next page. Once you are viewing the place you want, use the slider <----> at the top of the map to compare the layout of roads and the place names of smaller areas, perhaps even farms, with the landscape today. The website takes some getting used to.
  • The Statistical Accounts for Scotland In the 1790s and again in the 1830s, the ministers of the all the parishes of the Church of Scotland were asked to provide a description of their parish to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The original account request included 160 questions to be answered. These accounts are available in print in 20 volumes and are also online where it is freely available to browse. The browsing portal is below the viewing area of most computer screens. Scroll down to "For non-subscribers" and click on "Browse scanned pages". This brings you to another page on which one can enter the name of the parish in which you are interested.
  • The Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society website contains a plethora of information about the area both inside and outside Glasgow itself.
  • Glimpses of Glasgow, by Andrew Aird, 1894. An ebook from the Glasgow Digital Library. The first section is an almost street-by-street description of Glasgow discussing its progress from the 1840s to the 1890s. Many suburbs and localities are covered.
  • The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN. For those who can get to Glasgow, the Mitchell Library has many facilities for Family History research in its Glasgow Collection and linked Family Search Room on the 5th floor. These include
  • old parish registers (generally meaning the Church of Scotland records) and census returns (for Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire) on microfilm.
  • cemeteries, as described above
  • Glasgow Poor Law applications 1851-1915 for Glasgow City and Barony (complete transcription); Govan (ongoing transcription);Lanarkshire Poor Law applications to 1900 (complete transcription); and Dunbartonshire Parishes (ongoing transcription);
  • Strathclyde area Police Registers from c1850 to c1930 (complete transcription)
  • Glasgow Militia records 1810-1831 (complete transcription)
  • Glasgow Burgh Register of Sasines 1694-1809 (ongoing transcription).

Many of the transcriptions available at the Mitchell Library have been prepared by members of the The Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society on a voluntary basis.

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