Blackhall Manor

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Blackhall Manor after restoration

Blackhall Manor is a house near Paisley in Renfrewshire, in the western central Lowlands of Scotland. It dates to the sixteenth century, although parts may be older, and formerly belonged to the Stewart or Shaw-Stewart family.[1][2][3]


The first house on the site was built by the Norman knight Walter fitz Alan in about 1160. In 1396 Robert III of Scotland, King of Scots, gave the property to Sir John Stewart, his natural son.[3] According to a record book now lost, barony courts were regularly held there in the sixteenth century.[3] In 1667 Archibald Stewart was made a Baronet of Nova Scotia by Charles II, and was the first baronet of Greenock and Blackhall.[3]

By the 1820s Blackhall had become a farm-house; in the 1840s the farmer built a new house nearby, and the roof of the old one was taken off to save on tax. The structure was used as a store-house, a cattle byre and a coal shed. The Shaw-Stewart family donated it to the Burgh of Paisley in 1940. In 1978 it was judged to have become so dangerous that demolition was proposed.[3] It was completely rebuilt and restored in 1982–1983.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Off Barrhead Road Blackhall Manor House". Historic Environment Scotland Decisions Portal. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Paisley, Blackhall". Canmore. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Leith Stuart (15 June 2010). Blackhall Manor - Its History and Restoration. Scottish Castles Association. Accessed March 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • The Place of Blackhall – the Story of eight centuries," Janet S. Bolton, Stewart Society Journal-Vol. XVIII N° 3
  • The Stewarts of Blackhall and Ardgowan," J.L. Olar BA, Journal of Ancient and Medieval Studies: The Octavian Society, 1997–2000
  • From Royal Stewart to Shaw Stewart," Janet S. Bolton, Nenufra Publications 1989

Coordinates: 55°50′16″N 4°24′41″W / 55.83766°N 4.41131°W / 55.83766; -4.41131