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The Parish of Neilston

Today not many people think of Neilston as being part of Renfrewshire. It sits in the modern day council area of East Renfrewshire, which was separated from the old county of Renfrew along with inverclyde at the last local government reform.

It is said that Neilston derrives its name for a person called Neil, who settled in the4 vicinity of the parish church in antiquity and called his settlement ‘Neils-toun’. One of the first written records for Neilston comes in 1227 when the church of Neilston is granted to Paisley Abbey by William de Hertford (any guesses as to where he was from?) in return for half of the corn tithes of Thornton. This grant was confirmed in 1227 by the Bishop of Glasgow and Pope Honorius. An agreement between the Paisley monks and the Bishop of Glasgow allowed the church to be used by the Abbey for its own purposes exempt any financial demands from the Bishop or See of Glasgow.

The Abbey held the church of Neilston until the reformation. They employed a curate to hold regular services and took the income from the church to help support the Abbey. The surviving rental books for Paisley Abbey show that the properties of the church of Neilston were leased out to the value of £66 13 shillings and 4 pence per year. From the reformation, until 1587 it was held by Claud Hamilton, the last Commendator (Lay Abbot) of Paisley Abbey. In 1587 the entire estate of Paisley Abbey was given to Claud Hamilton as a heritable Estate, and he took the title Lord Claud Hamilton. The estate of Paisley Abbey, including Neilston, was inherited by Claud’s grandson, James Earl of Abercorn who then sold the estate in 1652 to the Earl of Angus. Within a year the lands had been sold on again to William, Lord Cochran in 1653.. The patronage of the church at Neilston was acquired by Alexander Speirs of Elderslie in 1775.

The current Parish Church was built in 1762, with it’s spire and clock. The Village held four annual fairs and was home to 472 individuals in 1791, by 1821 the population had almost doubled to 800. Within the parish itself, there were other manufacturing villages, with the population of Parish in 1755 being 1299 individuals, rising to 6548 individuals in 1821.

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under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Parish of Kilbarchan, Online History Talk – 29th June 3pm

The Parish of Kilbarchan comprises a large area of the Old County of Renfrew, centred on the village of Kilbarchan itself. This talk will look at the landscape, and settlements within the parish, genealogical records for the parish and the churches within the parish. This is an ideal change for genealogists to learn a bit more about about the area and some background history.

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Code: UH-HT23  Date: Tuesday 29th June Time 3pmpm. Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom invites will be emailed out on the morning of the event. Booking for the Event will close at midnight on the 28th June.

Cost £7.00 per household.  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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Paisley Now & Then Heritage Walk – Sat 26th June 1.30pm

Explore Causeyside Street to Paisley Abbey as it was in the late 1800s and early 1900’s. Causeyside St today is a wide road lined with tenements on both sides of the street. Find out what it looked like, what businesses lined the streets and who lived in the area. We will make use of numerous images of the area before and after redevelopment.

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Code: UH-HW15  Date: Saturday 26th June Time 1.30pm. Meeting Point: Drinking Fountain at the junction of Causeyside/ Neilston Road and Calside.

Cost £7.00 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 Abbey – History Talk, Tues 22nd June 7.30pm Online

Paisley Abbey sits on the oldest occupied site within Paisley. From its foundation in 1163 it has witnessed many historic events such as the birth of King Robert II, the death of his mother Marjory Bruce, numerous Royal Visits and of course the growth of the town of Paisley itself. This online talk will explore the early history of the Abbey it’s royal connections and the surviving buildings.

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Code: UH-HT06  Date: Tuesday 22nd June Time 7.30pm. Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom invites will be emailed out on the morning of the event. Booking for the Event will close at midnight on the 21st June.

Cost £7.00 per household.  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.

Churches of Paisley Heritage Walk – Sunday 20th June 1.30pm

This heritage walk explores the history of some of the churches of Paisley, Today, the churches of Paisley are undergoing numerous name changes as Church of Scotland Parishes merge – but this is not something new, it has been happening for many years. This walk will start at the recently formed Paisley St George’s Causeyside (on Causeyside St) which has undergone numerous name changes over the years starting out as the Free South Church, then St Andrews, followed by the Laigh Kirk and latterly as Stow Brae Kirk. The walk will look at the reasons behind the changes and explore some of the outer lying religious buildings that are now redundant.

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Code: UH-HW15  Date: Sunday 20th June Time 1.30pm. Meeting Point: Paisley St George’s Causeyside (formerly Stow Brae Kirk) on Causeyside Street.

Cost £7.00 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.

Competition Time

Competition Time

Competition time! One lucky person can be the winner of this limited edition Old Paisley mug. To win, visit our facebook competition post ( www.facebook.com/TheUrbanHistorian/posts/1406018369753918 ) like the post and then tells us in the comments on the post about your favourite Paisley attraction or bit of history. If you can please share the post as well.

Our full schedule for June & July will be published on Saturday morning.

The winner will be chosen on the morning of the 12 June when we are holding our first summer heritage walk that afternoon – “Paisley: A step into the past” Again this is a FREE event – but booking is essential – Book now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/paisley-a-step-into-the…

Paisley: A step into the past Heritage Walk – 12th June 1.30pm

This new, free, heritage tour will explore Paisley as it was in during the 19th Century based on Images and the highly detailed Goads Insurance maps of the town. We shall look at some of the surviving buildings of the town from that era, along with the businesses that occupied the premises.

Places are limited, and early booking is advised.  Meeting point is County Square, Paisley – close to the entrance to Gilmour Street Railway Station

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Code: UH-HW27  Date: Saturday Sat 12th June Time 1.30pm. Meeting Point: County Square, Paisley – close to the entrance to Gilmour Street Railway Station

Cost FREE – 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.

29 May 2021, 1pm – Heritage Walk – The Threads of Paisley

This heritage walk explores the textile industry of Paisley looking at weaving and the linen, silk and cotton thread industry, along with the associated industries. Weaving can be traced back to before the reformation, while linen thread production began shortly after 1722, and the cotton thread industry in the early 1820s. The walk begins b y looking at the weaving industry at Sma’ Shot Cottages and ends out towards the Anchor Mill Complex at Seedhill.

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Code: UH-HW14  Date: Saturday Sat 29th May Time 1pm. Meeting Point: outside Sma’ Shot Cottages on Sma’ Shot Lane (NOT on Shuttle Street)

Cost £7.00 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.

26 May 2021, 7.30pm Online History Talk – Christian Shaw the woman

Better known for her role in the Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696/97 at the age of 11, Christian Shaw became an influencial lady within Paisley and Scotland in later life.  This talk will explore her life, through two marriages and her inovations in education and industry.

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Code: UH-HT04  Date: Wednesday 26th May Time 7.30pm. Location: Online via Zoom

Cost £7.00 per household.  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.

May 22nd Heritage Walk – The West End of Paisley

Join us for this heritage walk exploring the West of Paisley, as we walk from the boundary of medieval Paisley, heading west towards Woodside Cemetery. The walk will look at weavers cottages, sites of infamous events and aspects of Paisley’s later history.

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Essential Information:

Code: UH-HW09  Date: Saturday Sat 22nd May Time 1pm. Meeting Point: Main entrance to the University of the West of Scotland on Paisley High Street.

Cost £7.00 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.

Theme: Elation by Kaira.
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