Johnstone History Museum
Johnstone History Society • Scotland

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The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 1030am till 4pm.


Johnstone History Museum is in Johnstone, Scotland. It contains local industrial and social artefacts and memorabilia. For opening times and directions follow the Schedule and Direction buttons on this page. [Overview]
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Alexander Fitzharris (31 May)


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Rees Clark 02-Feb-2024
We've made it easier to donate to the museum. Both financial and volunteer support are very much appreciated. Just follow the helping hand. Or click LINK at the end of this post.
Tom Stout 13-Oct-2023
Tom Stout 1946-2019. Tom was an industrial arts teacher in California. His maternal grandparents left Johnstone for the USA in 1882 with their two daughters. In 2013 he visited the Museum and later...
Administrator 08-Sep-2023
We've made a few style changes and added a video page that is still under development. Member feedback is appreciated. If you're not yet a member, this would be a good time to join.
Fiona Speirs 07-Feb-2022
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The Origins of Johnstone High School. By Sandy Morton
Johnstone was one of Scotland’s quickest growing towns in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. The town, of course, was planned by George Houston, Esq, the local laird, and the first houses were built in 1782. Johnstone prospered and, eleven years later in 1793, it was described as “a neat and regularly built village.”

The town... Continues...
Public Park football team from 1954
The following photograph of the public park football team from 1954 was uploaded to the Johnstone history Facebook page and is surely worth reposting here.
The Crawford Family
  The following article was published by Eddie McRorie on 19th August 2023 on the Johnstone History Facebook page and is reproduced here with his kind permission. David Crawford was a farmers son from Sproulston Farm in Howwood and attended school in Lochwinnoch. He spent his early years working on the farm until the family... Continues...
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Captain Thomas Stevenson Craig M.C
By Angela Gillespie.
While searching the London Gazette I found the following entry in a Supplement dated 24 Feb. 1942, page 894 - The Military Cross awarded to Lieutenant (Temporary Captain) Thomas Stevenson Craig (85709), Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps (Johnstone, Renfrewshire).

This is another Angela Gillespie Story. Click the link below.
The Story of the Glasgow to Ardrossan Canal that only reached Johnstone
Ardrossan Canal and Railway By the late E.S.Nicoll, edited and contributed to Johnstone History Museum by Stuart Rankin. On October 2, 1903, the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald contained a paper on the above subject, read at Ardrossan by Clement F. Stretton of the Society of Engineers. Follow the link to the full story

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The Use of the Birch in Johnstone
By Douglas Gillespie
Johnstone Man Killed In Vietnam War 1968
By Angela Gillespie