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The first cotton mill in Renfrewshire was the Levern Mill on Main Street, Barrhead, built opposite the Dovecothall Mill of 1780. A firm called Ramsay, Livingston & Love, managed by Mr Jonathan Heugh, built the new premises, which were required to house the sophisticated machinery being introduced into the industry. The mill ran on waterpower at first but when it was taken over by the Dunlops, steam power was introduced.

Main Street, looking west, Barrhead.