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English nameHowwood
Gaelic nameno Gaelic form

Location and type of place name

Local authorityRenfrewshire ~ Siorrachd Rinn Friù
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Renfrewshire ~ Siorrachd Rinn Friù
Topographical feature type
Postcode areaPA9
OS sheet number342
OS grid referenceNS395605
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaning 
Element typevegetation

External Resources

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Further Information

Language notes  
?Hahil 1654 Blaeu map Renfrew
Hollow Wood 1776 Taylor and Skinner road from Glasgow to Paisly.
Howwood 1800 Map of Renfrew
Howwood 1820 Thomson
Howwood 1834-5 NSA v. 7, 83
Howood 1858 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Clachan or village of How-wood or Hollow-wood 1880 Brown, Ballads founded on Ayrshire Traditions
Howwood or Hollow-wood 1882 Gazetteer of Scotland.
Howwood 1897 OS 6 inch 1st rev.
A very indistinct word on Pont map 33 is the source of Blaeu’s form Hahil, only Ha is visible followed by one or two other characters.
“Of late years a practice has been introduced of Anglicising the name of this place, and spelling it Hollowwod, which has been adopted in the New Statistical Account of the parish. This innovation ought to be discouraged…” Topographical, statistical, and historical gazetteer of Scotland, 1853
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