Improvements around Abbey Close, Paisley

Improvements around Abbey Close, 1860 – 1933 is a short book talking about the removal of post reformation housing around Paisley Abbey and is accompanied by many before and after pictures. This volume (aIT-RH3) is currently out of print, and has been made available for consultation for a few weeks. If you download please make… More Improvements around Abbey Close, Paisley

Online History Cafe 7 July 1pm / 8th July 7.30pm

Areas of Paisley during the 16th & 17th Century Using a map of Paisley, this online history cafe session will explore the landscape of Paisley from the 1500s through to around 1685. where was Gast Law, Murrais Malying or Kelso Land? We will look at these and much more. This Online Session will be held… More Online History Cafe 7 July 1pm / 8th July 7.30pm

Online History Cafe – 3rd July 2pm

Education in Paisley before 1800 This History Cafe Session will look at the pre 1800 schools in Paisley from ones organised by the Monastery of Paisley, to charity and sunday schools. The session will be held on Zoom, and can be booked by emailing info@theurbanhistorian.co.uk quoting “Schools History Cafe” by Thursday 2nd July at 5pm.… More Online History Cafe – 3rd July 2pm

Online History Cafe 2 – 26 June 2020: Paisley Rentals 1605 & 1685

The Paisley Rentals of 1605 & 1685. Recently published these rentals are a resource for any genealogist looking at Paisley Ancestors or the Paisley landscape. To request an invitation please use our Contact Form saying ‘History Cafe 2’ and provide your name and email. This History Cafe session will look at the people and areas… More Online History Cafe 2 – 26 June 2020: Paisley Rentals 1605 & 1685

Online History Cafe 19 June 2pm

Paisley’s Textile Heritage Through Maps. This 40 minute session will explore a few of the key areas of Paisley’s textile industries, followed by a question and answer/ discussion session. The session will be held on Zoom. To participate please register using our contact form An invitation to the zoom session will be emailed to you… More Online History Cafe 19 June 2pm

17th Century Rentals of the Burgh of Paisley

This new volume is a transcription of 4 rentals published by the Rev W. M Metcalfe in 1902 from original documents. Throughout the document, original language and spelling has been retained.… More 17th Century Rentals of the Burgh of Paisley

The “Tomb” of Marjory Bruce

Today withing the Choir of Paisley Abbey sits the “Tomb” of Marjory Bruce, daughter of Robert Bruce, King of Scotland and wife of Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland. While researching a Walter Stewart for a chapter in ‘Conquered by No One’ on the Declaration of Arbroath, my attention was once again drawn to… More The “Tomb” of Marjory Bruce

John Stevenson & Sons

Have you ever walked down Weighhouse Close in Paisley and wondered what the old single story building and yard between the Private Car park and the Mrs Coats Home for Girls used to be? After doing some investigation, i have realised that this and the associated buildings probably make up one of the last complete… More John Stevenson & Sons

Genealogy Surprises

Every so often something unexpected turns up when doing your family history. … More Genealogy Surprises

New Virtual Tour

We have launched our first virtual tour on our Courses website. The first free tour to go live is an exploration of the Sma’ Shot Cottages in Paisley. You can vist the Tour at https://courses.theurbanhistorian.co.uk/courses/sma-shot-cottages-paisley/ See also http://www.smashotcottages.co.uk/ for more information on the cottages. (Their website appears to be down at the moment)