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In the period 1839-1841 work was progressing on two lines in the vicinity of Bishopton: the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow,_Paisley_and_Greenock_Railway; and the Glasgow - Greenock Railway. [ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_and_Paisley_Joint_Railway] By 1841 a railway station at Bishopton had opened and many Irish navvies who had come to Scotland to work on the Glasgow to Ayr line decided to stay in the area [ref: http://wikimapia.org/2362731/Bishopton] .

 

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