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Abbey Parish History Cafe 4th May 7.30pm

Abbey Parish History Cafe 4th May 7.30pm

Bookings have now closed

One purchase per household to attend the session


This history cafe session will look at Abbey Parish, originally the parish of the Abbey church in Paisley, but more commonly referenced today as a civil registration district that appears in Census’ and Birth, Marriage & Death records. The session will look at the area covered by registration district, where marriages may have taken place, and where burials may be found.

Key Info:

Event Code: UH-OHC Date: Tuesday 4th May Time 7.30pm. The session will be held on Zoom, and bookings will close at midday on the day of the event. Zoom invites will be sent out once bookings have closed.

Cost £5.00 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 Contol. If the event is cancelled by the Urban Historian a refund or opportunity to attend another event will be provided.


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Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland – History Cafe

Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland – History Cafe

Saturday 27th March 2021 3 – 4pm on Zoom


Walter Stewart, the 6th High Steward of Scotland played a part in the wars of independance in Scotland during the 14th Century. Born around 1292 he became a close friend of Robert the Bruce, becoming his son-in-law on his marriage to Marjory Bruce, and later father to King Robert II of Scotland. This short history cafe session will look at his genealogy, life and the part Walter played in the Wars of Independance, the Declaration of Arbroath and other exploits in the name of King Robert I.

Essential information: The talk will be held on Zoom at 3pm on the 27th March. Bookings will close at 11am on the day of the event, and invites will be sent out shortly afterwards. The cost of the History Cafe is £5 per household. If you register, but do not attend the event no refunds are given, but you may be given the opportunity to view the talk if it has been recorded and placed on the courses section of our website.


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The Urban Historian has written a chapter in ‘Conquered By No One’ on Walter Stewart

History Cafe 17 Feb 2021 7.30pm – Mansions of Renfrewshire

History Cafe 17 Feb 2021 7.30pm – Mansions of Renfrewshire

Code: UH-HC003

Renfrewshire has a vast heritage when it comes to the castles & mansions of the old County. From tower houses of the 16th Century through to 19th Century mansions built for merchants we have it all. Using Philip Ramsey’s volume ‘Views in Renfrewshire’ we shall explore the landscape of the early 1800s.

Booking for this event had now closed. Please watch for it again in the future.

Key Information: Date Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 7.30pm. Duration 1 hours. Cost £7.00 The Event will be held on Zoom. Zoom Invites will be sent out on the evening of Tuesday 16th Feb.

History Cafe – Witches of Renfrewshire 3rd February 7.30pm

History Cafe – Witches of Renfrewshire 3rd February 2pm

In 1629 Renfrewsire witnessed it’s first case of witch allegations, that were to peak in the late 17th Century with the Bargarran Witch Hunt. This short one hour history cafe session will look at some of the allegations from 1629 to 1650 looking at cases all over the old County of Renfrew – many you will not have heard of before! Records of the Privy Council of Scotland provide tha majority of information in this talk.

Bookings ae now closed.

Key Information: Date Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at 7.30pm. Duration 1 hour. Cost £5.00 The Event will be held on Zoom. Zoom Invites will be sent out on the evening of Tuesday 2nd Feb.

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Online History Cafe: Peter Burnet Wed 20th Jan 2021, 2pm

Online History Cafe: Peter Burnet Wed 20th Jan 2021, 2pm

Arriving in Paisley about 1781, Peter is one of the first coloured Americans to arrive in Scotland. He trained to be a weaver with the Tanahill family, and lived at the Tanahill home in Queen Street for much of his life. He died in 1847, having seen many changes in world and local affairs, though he is best rememberd for a sad event in Paisley’s history – the death of his friend Robert Tanahill, whom Peter found drowned in the Candren burn culvert which passed under the Paisley Canal at Ferguslie Mills.

This Online History Cafe will look at Peter’s life from his humble beginnings in Virginia to his travels in Scotland.

Key details: Cost: £5 Date: Wed 20th Jan 2021, 2pm on Zoom. Once registered an invite will be sent by email a day before the sessions.

Bookings are now closed.

Watch this space for information on a new publication coming soon.

Online History Cafe – Paisley Genealogy Resources

Are you searching for Paisley ancestors and not getting very far? This history cafe session is designed to introduce you to pre 1855 records relating to the town & County of Renfrew. The talk looks begins with the parishes & graveyards within Paisley. We then go on to look at the record sets that are available and where to find them. This is a re-run of a talk that was given earlier in 2020. This session will run for 2 hours.

All of our history cafe sessions cost £5 and you can register by buying a ticket via the PayPal button above. The Online History Cafe will be held on Zoom and an email invitation to the Zoom meeting will be sent out the day before the session.

Also remember we carry out research on behalf of clients. Please contact us via ourt contact page if you would like to enquire about our services. See the Paisley Genealogy Page for details.

Halloween History Cafe 31 Oct 2-3pm

Halloween is looking like a wet day here in Paisley this year. Why not join us for a free Online History Cafe session at 2pm to hear about the dark events at Bargarran in 1676 and a few other Renfrewshire witches & wizards. The session will last an hour.

To register please email info@theurbanhistorian.co.uk by 11am on Saturday 31st October. Invites to the zoom meeting will be emailed out on Friday night and at 12 noon Saturday to any late registrations.

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October is Witches month!

Bargarran Witch Hunt Memoriual Tondo
Image taken by Stephen Clancy

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 as sequential story, the sessions will focus on the people involved – who were the Shaw family, the accused, the invesitgators and other people associated with the cases. The final session will attempt to put the events is 1696/97 into context in the historical setting.

We are currently updating the History Cafe page on the website, to add each weekly cafe. you can attend individual sessions for £5 each, or as a special offer you can book all 6 in the witches series for £25 – 6 Sessions for the price of 5.

We will be able to accept bookings from Tuesday, 22nd September 2020.

The Schedule is shown below.

Thursday 1st October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm
OHC – Renfrewshire Witches


Thursday 8th October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm
The Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696-97: Part 1 – The Shaws


Thursday 15th October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm
The Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696-97: Part 2 – The accused, Part 1


Thursday 22nd October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm
The Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696-97: Part 3 – The accused, Part 2


Thursday 29th October 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm
The Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696-97: Part 4 – The Investigators


Thursday 5th November 2020 7.30 – 8.30pm
The Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696-97: Sources & The Historical Context

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, some now long gone, others surviving to the present day.

There will be a 40 minute talk and around 20 minutes for discussion, though dont be suprised if we go on longer than the hour!

The Talk will be held on Zoom, with the meeting invite being sent out the day before, to thouse registered.

Book online at: https://www.theurbanhistorian.co.uk/history-talks/

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