Dark Events at Bargarran in 1676

Today when the name Bargarran is mentioned, we always turn our mind to 1696 and the last mass witch hunt in Scotland that led to the execution of 7 people in Paisley on the 10th October 1697.  But the events that unfolded there in 1696 were preceded by a mysterious death in 1676. In the… More Dark Events at Bargarran in 1676

October is Witches month!

Throughout October 2020 our Online History Cafe Sessions will be looking at Witchhunts in Renfrewshire. We kick off on Thursday 1st October at 7.30pm with a look at lesser known cases in Renfrewshire, and the following week will begin a 5 part session looking at the 1696 Bargarran Witchhunt. Rather than looking at the case… More October is Witches month!

New Genealogy Resource

While consulting the 1885 Trade Directory for Paisley, I came upon a directory of the streets contained within each ecclesiastical parish of Paisley. The list of streets within the parish is useful when seeking to locate ancestors. Please see the full article to explore the eight Ecclesiastical Parishes of Paisley of the Church of Scotland… More New Genealogy Resource

Views in Renfrewshire – Online History Cafe

Thursday 24 Spetember 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm OHC – Views in Renfrewshire – A look at the Renfrewshire landscape through the eyes of Philip A Ramsay and engravings by W. H. Lizars This online history cafe will look at many of the old mansions and castles of the county as engraved by W H Lizars,… More Views in Renfrewshire – Online History Cafe

Heritage Walk Update 16 September 2020

As of today we have opened our ticket sales for Heritage Walks again. The current rules of meeting others outdoors is a maximum of 6 from 2 househlds. Advice received allows walks to go a head with multiple groups of 6 from 2 households as long as socail distancing is mainainted. Our full guidelines can… More Heritage Walk Update 16 September 2020

New Online Genealogy Courses

Starting in October we have two new online genealogy courses. Both courses will be taught on the Zoom platform and will focus on Searching for Renfrewshire Ancestors. We always focus on the Old County of Renfrew, so the courses will cover present day Councils of East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire. The first course will concentrate… More New Online Genealogy Courses

Paisley Poorlaw Records Special Offer

Good news! Paisley Heritage Centre reopens late next week (17th Sept). A booking system will be in place, but I’m now in a position to accept client work for researching the Paisley Poor Law records (or anything else) held in the Centre As a special offer, I can visit the centre, view and transcribe the… More Paisley Poorlaw Records Special Offer

The West End of Paisley

Heritage Walk Sat 24 Oct 1 – 3pm      A walk around the West End of Paisley exploring Wellmeadow out to Woodside House and Maxwellton. This walk will begin at the front entrance of the University of the West of Scotland on the High Street at 1pm. Cost £7 See   www.theurbanhistorian.co.uk/heritage-walks 

Churches & Graveyards of Paisley

Heritage Walk Sat 03 Oct 1 – 3pm      A study of churches within Paisley that have associated graveyards. When were the churches established, what name changes did they undergo, and who is buried within them? This walk will begin at the West Front of Paisley Abbey and will finish at Oakshaw Trinity on top of… More Churches & Graveyards of Paisley

Paisley Now & Then (Causeyside St to Paisley Abbey)

Heritage Walk Sat 19 Sept 1 – 3pm    A walk from the junction of Calside/ Neilston Rd to Paisley Abbey exploring the changes that have happened to the streetscape over the last 200 years. This walk will begin at the old water fountain at the junction of Calside and Neilston Road, Paisley at 1pm. We… More Paisley Now & Then (Causeyside St to Paisley Abbey)