Go on a journey starting from Johnstone’s origins in 1782.
The birth of Johnstone can be traced precisely to the 23rd February 1782, when George Houstoun, the Laird of the Lands of Johnstone, sold the first tracts of land feus from his estate.
From then, Johnstone went on a roller-coaster ride of a booming textile industry and decline linked to the American Civil War.
Visit Johnstone History Museum and you’ll discover local industrial, social artefacts and memorabilia.
Established and run by the Johnstone History Society, this small but very informative museum, hosted by Morrisons supermarket, contains archival material from two of the town’s best-known firms: WM Paton Ltd—shoelace and twine manufacturers; and Clifton and Baird Ltd—machine tool makers, as well as other valuable information relating to the town’s heritage.
Opening times: Wednesday 10:30 – 16:00, Friday 10.30 – 16:00 and Saturday 10.30 – 16:00
Getting there: McGill’s buses 1, 8, 19 take you to Morrisons. Johnstone railway station is 1 mile away