In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Abbey like this:
Abbey, par., NE. Renfrewshire, including part of Paisley, all Johnstone, and several neighbouring vils., 15,924 ac., pop. 34,393; contains collieries and ironstone mines, also pits of firecray and potters' clay.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Abbey has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Renfrewshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Abbey and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Abbey in Renfrewshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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