Finlaystone House

(Finlaystone Castle)

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Finlayston House, a mansion in the NW corner of Kilmalcolm parish, Renfrewshire, near the S shore of the Clyde, 1½ mile W by N of Langbank station, and 3 miles E by S of Port Glasgow. Partly an edifice of the latter half of the 15th century, it was long a residence of the Earls of Glencairn; and, under the fifth or ' Good ' Earl, was the scene of a notable celebration of the Lord's Supper by John Knox (1556). It is also associated with the name of Alexander Montgomery, a poet who flourished in the time of James VI., and wrote The Cherrie and the Slae; and it commands a brilliant view across and along the Clyde.—Ord. Sur., sh. 30, 1866.

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