It is located in the old county of Lanarkshire, which disappeared following the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1974.
The parish has an area of 19.3 sq. km (7.4 sq. miles) and includes the settlement of Glasgow. Govan has 7 neighbouring parishes; namely Cathcart, Eastwood, Glasgow, New Kilpatrick, Paisley, Renfrew and Rutherglen. The boundaries of this parish were modified among significant changes recommended by the Boundary Commissioners after the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889.
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