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Re: Origins of Renfrew name
Posted by: Scott A Renfrew Date: May 20, 2001 at 09:26:10
In Reply to: Origins of Renfrew name by Hazel Borland of 145

       The following is an excerpt from a letter dated at Blackstone Mains, Paisely, Scotland, Aug. 20,1912, from John Renfrew of that place to O. A. Renfrew of Newbury, Vermont. "The name no doubt came from the town of Renfrew Place. Names of towns adopted for family names are quite common,such as Sterling, Dunbar, Houston. A small geography of the shire of Renfrew says: " As the tide rushes up the river Clyde it meets a projecting neck of land at the confluence of the rivers Cart and Clyde. This promoutory cleaves the flowing tide into two streams, one continues its course up the Clyde, the other pursues its way up the Cart. Such a neck of land is called a "rin" or "ren" and "frew" signifies a flow of the tide. The name of the town of Renfrew Place hence means " The tidal peninsular".""

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