Category: Books

The Paisley Notebook

We are launching our new 120 page, lined Paisley Notebook range. The first two versions are now available to purchase on Amazon.co.uk

This first notebook has a purple cover and features an image looking down church Hill towards New Street and Saucel Hill. Inside the pages are white with black lines.

You can order a note book right now for £5 plus postage direct from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09RFWSG35

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

Guide to Paisley (1896)

Guide to Paisley: with views

By J R Parlane

This book was first published in May 1896 by local publisher J & R Parlane. In their introduction they ask –

”Have you got a Guide To Paisley?”

This was and is a question that has often been asked by visitors to our good town. This little handbook was intended as their response to the question. Within you will find a description of Paisley as it was in 1896, along with 50 views of the town. A description of some of the villages of Renfrewshire are also included.

Paperback £15 on Amazon

Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1095310828

Peter Burnet

Peter Burnet

The life of Peter Burnet through poem and biography

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This book explores the life of Peter Burnet, born in America during the Civil War and who arrived in Paisley, Scotland to become a great friend of the Paisley poet Robert Tannahill. During his life Peter was known to the inhabitants of Paisley as “Black Peter” a name that was used as in his biography that is contained within this volume.As one of the earliest ethnic men in Paisley, Peter is largely unknown to the modern generation. This short publication sets out to look at his life through a poem and a biography that was written during Peter’s life by a friend, for Peter to sell in later life. Also included are a modern introduction and an analysis of some genealogical informtion on Peters life.

Paperback £12.99 & Ebook £9.99 on Amazon

Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08XFVWXJB

Ebook https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Burnet-Burnett-through-biography-ebook/dp/B08XC1YPR2

From the Cottage to the Castle

From the Cottage to the Castle

Andrew Coats 1887

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From the Cottage to the Castle was published privately by Andrew Coats in 1887 telling the history of the family and the story of the growth of J & P Coats, cotton thread manufactures in Paisley Scotland.

“If the following sketch should fall into the hands of a single member of a future generation who has a curiosity to know what sort of people he is sprung from, it will have accomplished a useful end. If he is proud, it may humble him. If he is humble, it may encourage him.”

Paperback & Ebook both £12.99 on Amazon

Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cottage-Castle-Andrew-Coats/dp/B08X65NPDZ

Ebook https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cottage-Castle-Andrew-Coats-ebook/dp/B08X9PDFKP

The volume contains 104 pages with 20 black & white illustrations along with many stories about the growth of the company at home and in America.

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