Houston and Killellan is a
civil parish in
Renfrewshire, Scotland containing
the villages of Houston and Crosslee with a
number of smaller settlements in its rural hinterland.
the Gryffe Valley, 5 miles (9 km)
north of Paisley, it borders
the parishes of Kilmacolm, Erskine and Kilbarchan.
and Killellan no longer has a formal role in civic governance, but
forms the community council area
of Houston Community Council and is used as an ecclesiastical parish in the Church of
Houston and Killellan Kirk; the
modern, unified parish church.
The parish covers an area of 11.9 sq. miles
Killellan or Killallan is subject to a number of different
The ecclesiastical parish
Houston formed a union with the nearby rural parish and hamlet of
Killellan in 1771, creating an effectively united parish centred
upon one church in Houston. The civil
was given existence following the Poor Law (Scotland)
Act 1845, which led to the creation of parochial boards with the
responsibility for administering the poor law
Houston and Killellan consists of a number of previously separate
settlements and villages.
Houston is the main settlement of the parish and a
substantial village. It also contains the
residential settlement of Craigends, divided from the rest of the village by the
Gryffe to the north
North Street, at the centre of
Houston's conservation vilalge
Ruins of Killellan Kirk
The ruins of the former Killellan church dedicated to St Fillan
(Faelan of CluainMoescna), a scheduled ancient monument, lie around
four miles from the centre of Houston on the High Road to Kilmacolm.
Previously within the holdings of Elderslie
Estates, in 2005 the building was gifted to the Kilallan Kirk
Trust, a registered charity.
The former Kilellan parish did not have a village, but instead
covered many small farms with a few other enterprises such a a mill
Killellan or Killallan is spelled somewhat differently with usage
remaining inconsistent. As can be seen from references, 'Killellan'
is used by both the modern Gazetteer for Scotland, the Church of
Scotland and the Community Council, whilst 'Killallen' is
favoured in the 18th and 19th century Statistical Accounts,
'Kilallan' in the name of the 2005-created Kilallan Kirk Trust and
'Kilellan' by Renfrewshire
Crosslee is a smaller village to the south-east of Houston.
Barochan is a hamlet
and rural area to the
north-east of Houston. The surrounding country contains Barochan
House, a former tower house
to the 16th century, and Barochan Hill which was the site of a
fort and use for light anti-aircraft
defences during the Second World
The hamlet surrounds the former Mill of Barochan on the Barochan
Burn. Close-by was the original site of the Barochan Cross, a
Celtic Christian cross
in the 8th century. It was moved a short distance in the late
19th century before being taken to Paisley Abbey for preservation.
Government and politics
Houston and its parish form part of the Renfrewshire council area
. For the 2007 local
authority elections in Scotland, Houston was entered into a new
Ward 9, alongside Crosslee and the town of Linwood
( Ward 9
With the decline of the importance of civil parishes for local
government in Scotland, Houston and Killellan has found itself
replaced for this purpose by the Houston Community Council
and Killellan Kirk