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Paisley: Now & Then 2 – Sat 5 February 2022 1pm

Following on from our original Paisley Now & Then heritage walk, we bring part 2, exploring the New Town of Paisley from Smithhills (now Gauze St) out towards Glasgow Road.

We will make use of old images of the area to see what the area used to look like.

We now have radio receivers for use during the walk to allow distancing, and to allow the guide to be heard. If you wish to make use of the receivers, you are welcome to bring your own headphones, or you can use our own which will be sanitised between uses.

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Paisley Now & Then 2 Heritage Walk

Code: UHHW2021-11 Date: Saturday 5 February 2022 Time 1.00pm. Meeting Point: West Front of Paisley Abbey, Abbey Close., Paisley

Cost £5.50 By booking a ticket you accept that the Urban Historian cannot provide refunds if you are unable to attend the event as the circumstances are outwith the Urban Historian’s Control. If the event is cancelled by the Urban Historian a refund or opportunity to attend another event will be provided.

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Fergulsie Mills Heritage Walk 29 January 2022 1pm

Join us as we explore the remains of the former Fergulsie mills, and other buildings connected to the Coats family in the west end of Paisley. Several mill buildings survive along with examples of mill housing and the some buildings connected to the Coats family themselves.

We start the walk at the gates into Ferguslie Park on Thomas Street, (beside the Abbey Nursery) and will conclude at the site of the former Half-time School at the junction of Maxwelton Rd/ Maxwelton Street.

We now have radio receivers for use during the walk to allow distancing, and to allow the guide to be heard. If you wish to make use of the receivers, you are welcome to bring your own headphones, or you can use our own which will be sanitised between uses.

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Ferguslie Mills Heritage Walk

Code: UHHW2021-11 Date: Saturday 22 January 2022 Time 1.00pm. Meeting Point: Thomas Street, Paisley (just off Fergulsie ( A761).

Cost £5.50 By booking a ticket you accept that the Urban Historian cannot provide refunds if you are unable to attend the event as the circumstances are outwith the Urban Historian’s Control. If the event is cancelled by the Urban Historian a refund or opportunity to attend another event will be provided.

Lochwinnoch Heritage Walk – 22 Jan 2022 1pm

After a few years absence we return to Lochwinnoch for a Heritage Walk on Saturday 22 Jan 2022 at 1pm.

We shall explore the history of the village, from the era through to the planned village of the late 18th Century. We shall look at the textile heritage and furniture making amongst other things.

We now have radio receivers for use during the walk to allow distancing, and to allow the guide to be heard. If you wish to make use of the receivers, you are welcome to bring your own headphones, or you can use our own which will be sanitised between uses.

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Lochwinnoch Heritage Walk

Code: UHHW2022-14 Date: Saturday 22 January 2022 Time 1.00pm. Meeting Point: outside of the former Lochwinnoch Parish Church, Church Street, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4HE

Cost £5.50 By booking a ticket you accept that the Urban Historian cannot provide refunds if you are unable to attend the event as the circumstances are outwith the Urban Historian’s Control. If the event is cancelled by the Urban Historian a refund or opportunity to attend another event will be provided.

Paisley & Witches Heritage Walk 15 Jan 2022

Our thoughts for this walk turn to a dark period of Scottish History- witch hunting, especially so close to the anniversary of the execution of those accused during the Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696/97 on the 10th October. This Paisley & Witches Heritage Walk will take a fresh look at witch hunting connected to Paisley – looking at the myths and the truth about what happened at the time. We start our walk at the gates into Fergulsie Park at the corner of Thomas Street/ Broomlands Lane just of Ferguslie (A761) and will conclude in Paisley town centre.

We now have radio receivers for use during the walk to allow distancing, and to allow the guide to be heard. If you wish to make use of the receivers, you are welcome to bring your own headphones, or you can use our own which will be sanitised between uses.

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Paisley & Witches Heritage Walk

Code: UHHW2022-3 Date: Saturday 15 January 2022 Time 1.00pm. Meeting Point: Gates to Ferguslie Park at corner of Thomas Street & Broomlands Lane, Paisley.

Cost £5.50 By booking a ticket you accept that the Urban Historian cannot provide refunds if you are unable to attend the event as the circumstances are outwith the Urban Historian’s Control. If the event is cancelled by the Urban Historian a refund or opportunity to attend another event will be provided.

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New Year Heritage Walk 2022

Our annual New Year heritage walk returns on Monday 3rd January 2022

This year join us on a new Mystery Tour of Paisley – where shall we go – that is for you to find out!

We will meet at the west front of Paisley Abbey at 1pm

This is a FREE walk and limited tickets are available. Be quick to reserve you tickets – You can book now on the Eventbrite link below.

If you require use of one of our audio headsets to listen to the guide please let us know via our contact form once you have booked your ticket.

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Renfrewshire’s Archaeology Course

Our second short course for 2022 is Renfrewshire Archaeology. Over 4 a week period we will look at the early history of the county of Renfrew through its surviving archaeology. We will study the prehistoric landscape through to medieval castles and churches and every thing in between.

The first session is on Monday 7th March in the Session House of Paisley St George’s Church on Causeyside Street between 7 and 9pm.

The course starts on Monday 7th March 2022, 7 – 9pm

The 4 week course costs £60 Book Now via PayPal – no account required.

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Renfrewshire Archaeology Cost £60 Meeting Times: 7-9pm 7, 14, 21 & 28th March 2022

Location: Session House, Paisley St George’s Church, Causeyside Street, Paisley – Enter by side door from Causeyside Street.

Beginners Genealogy Course

A new year and a return to in-person talks and courses and a new venue!

Our first short course for 2021 is Beginners Genealogy. Over 4 weeks we will look at how to start your family history by talking to relatives and how to then record the information. We then move on to how to find birth, marriage and death records using civil documents such as Birth, Marriage & Death certificates and old parish registers. We will also cover other types of documents found on the ScotlandsPeople website such as wills and session records.

We will be meeting on a Monday night in the Session House of Paisley St George’s Church on Causeyside Street between 7 and 9pm. St George’s church has an interesting heritage with the churches now making up the modern congregation having once covered 50% of the Parishes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. During the course we will have the opportunity to consult some of the congregational records that have been digitised.

The course starts on Monday 24th January 2022 7 – 9pm

The 4 week course costs £60 Book Now via PayPal – no account required.

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Beginners Genealogy Cost £60 Meeting Times: 7-9pm 24 January, 31 Jan, 7 February, 14th Feb 2022

Location: Session House, Paisley St George’s Church, Causeyside Street, Paisley – Enter by side door from Causeyside Street.

17th Century Rentals for the Burgh of Paisley

17th Century Rentals for the Burgh of Paisley

By Stephen Clancy

This volume is split into four sections, the first two deal with rentals dated between 1605 and 1619 while the final two are dated 1685. Between them they cover those paying duties or rental to the Burgh of Paisley. In general, they contain the name of the person paying the rental and where their property was. Occasionally you also get relationship information contained within the entry such as father and son when a property has been passed on. Former owners are also mentioned.

Paperback on Amazon £7 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089CVHMZD

Gordons’ Loan

Gordons’ Loan is now know as the area around Gordon Street – essentially the junction of Causeyside, Gordon Street, and Canal Street. In earlier days the residents of the area considered themselves as being out with the Burgh of Paisley.This book by David is Gilmour is about the area as he remembers it, with stories about the locals of the day. This is a full reprint of the 1881 edition which was limited to 100 copies.

Paperback on Amazon £10 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1093872683

Taits Directory of Renfrewshire 1783

Taits Directory of Renfrewshire 1783

Tait’s Directory of Renfrewshire was originally published in 1783 by John Tait, Stationer in the High Street of Glasgow. This was the very first directory for Paisley and parts of Renfrewshire containing names and places of work of the gentry, clergy, merchants, mechanics and many others. It was reprinted in 1871 by Robert Forrester of Glasgow, from the only copy in existence owned by the estate of Adam Sim, Esq of Cultermains who recognised its significance. Even today the volume is scarce but of use to historians and genealogists. For Paisley and Greenock the name, nature of business and the address of each person is given. For Port-Glasgow only name and nature of business was provided.

Paperback £12.99 on Amazon

Ebook £9.99 on Amazon or Free with Kindle Unlimited

Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1093257997

Ebook https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QGXC1TN

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