Taking a break…

At the moment the Urban Historian is having a break from delivering our heritage walks and talks. This is due to continuing health issues. We’re hopeful that things will start to improve soon, with talks commencing again in the spring, followed by the walks by the summer. In the meantime, time is being spent reading… More Taking a break…

Peter Burnet – “Black Peter”

From the New Paisley Repository No.4 Saturday, January, 15th. 1853 SONG.      To the Air – ” CAPTAIN PATON.” Composed after reading the life of Peter Burnet, commonly known in Paisley by “BLACK PETER.” PETER BURNET was born on the estate of Thos. Todd, Esq. in the state of Virginia, in the year 1764.… More Peter Burnet – “Black Peter”

County Buildings & Jail

County Square, Paisley Paisley’s 19th century County Buildings & Jail, sat between county Square and the River White Cart. They replaced Paisley Tollbooth that sat at the corner of the High Street and Moss Street. In turn The County of Renfrew decided that their space in the buildings was too small and in 1887 they… More County Buildings & Jail

Two new talks announced

To complete our October series of talks, we invite you to come along to hear more about witchcraft in Scotland.   On the 22nd October we will be looking at early witchcraft in Scotland, while on the 29th of October we will be looking at Renfrewshire cases from 1600 – 1650.  See our Short Courses page… More Two new talks announced

More seats released for Bargarran Witchhunt 1696 Talk

We have just released a further 5 tickets for next Monday nights talk on the Bargarran witchhunt of 1697.  The initial 15 seats sold out fairly fast so please book quickly if you want to come along!  

New Online courses

We have just launched our new online courses website.   Later this year we will launch our first online courses on the history of Paisley and Renfrewshire, allowing the Paisley and Renfrewshire Diaspora world wide to learn more about their homeland. For now we have put a very short, free sample course online – Paisley: An… More New Online courses

History Cafes restart 2nd October 2018

Fast on the heels of our new heritage talks starting on the 1st of October – our History Cafe sessions restart on Tuesday 2nd of October at 10am in Blend Coffee Lounge on Causeyside Street. We will then meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 in Blend. See /history-cafe for full details.

Short Courses

New for October 2018 – we are relaunching our short courses and talks. On a Monday night between 7 and 9pm you can join us on a regular basis in Paisley Thread Mill Museum where you can learn about Paisley and Renfrewshire’s amazing history and heritage. Our initial talks on the 1st and 7th of… More Short Courses

The Monastery of Paisley

Our next heritage walk will be on Sunday 26th August at 1.30pm. We will be exploring the landscape of the 16th Century monastery of Paisley. Full details can be found at https://www.theurbanhistorian.co.uk/events/the-monastery-of-paisley/ 

The “Newshot”, Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley 1943

Today if you mention Paisley ship building to residents or visitors they are very surprised.  Paisley’s ship building heritage has a long history, from building canal boats at Saucel, to numerous ship yards on the White Cart. Fleming & Ferguson has its origins in 1885 when William Y Fleming bought over the Phoenix shipyard of… More The “Newshot”, Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley 1943