River Gryfe

(River Gryffe)

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Gryfe or Gryffe Water, a stream issuing from Gryfe Reservoir (2 miles x ¼ mile; 530 feet) of the Greenock Waterworks, and winding 16 miles east-south-eastward, till it falls into the Black Cart at Walkinshaw House, 2 miles NNW of Paisley. It intersects or bounds the parishes of Greenock, Kilmalcolm, Houston, Kilbarchan, Erskine, Inchinnan, and Renfrew; traverses first bleak heathy uplands, and then the broad Renfrewshire plain; is fed by at least a dozen little affluents; and contains trout, with a few grayling, its waters being preserved. Anciently it gave the name of Strathgryfe either to its own proper basin or to all the territory now forming Renfrewshire. Gryffe Castle, near its left bank, ½ mile NNW of Bridge of Weir, is a seat of George Freeland Barbour, Esq. of Bonskeid (b. 1810), who holds 385 acres in Renfrewshire and 2700 in Perthshire, valued at £865 and £1086 per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 30, 1866.

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