A Taste of Paisley Heritage Walk: The West End

Join is on our 2nd A Taste of Paisley Heritage Walk as we explore the West End of the Town. This walk is being run in association with the Tannahill Arts Festival and will explore areas connected to Robert Tannahill in the West End of Paisley, along with many other aspects of the areas history.… More A Taste of Paisley Heritage Walk: The West End

Maps workshop Wed 25th Sept: Paisley’s Textile Industry

Join us at 7pm in the Mile End Mill, reception meeting room, for workshop exploring Paisley’s Textile Heritage through maps. We will also refer to the Ordnace Survey Name Books which give some information on properites shown on the maps. Book online at https://www.totaltickets.org/e/100050 ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of event.

Renfrewshire Weavers Talk

Tuesday 20th August 2019 1.30 to 3.30pm Book here Come and join our penultimate talk of Augst as we look at Paisley & Renfrewshire Weavers – who were they?  where did they live?  What did they weave?  This talk will explore the life of  Weavers, looking at their influence on the town over time, their… More Renfrewshire Weavers Talk

Kilbarchan: A weavers village – Talk

Lets step back in time to when weaving dominated Kilbarchan.  This talk will explore village life through archaeological excavations, and written evidence for life in the village.   We will look at excavations in the graveyard at Kilbarchan West Parish Church that brought some surprising discoveries, along with other digs at the Weavers Cottage. 13th August,… More Kilbarchan: A weavers village – Talk

A tour of Paisley Abbey

Peter Burnet – “Black Peter”

From the New Paisley Repository No.4 Saturday, January, 15th. 1853 SONG.      To the Air – ” CAPTAIN PATON.” Composed after reading the life of Peter Burnet, commonly known in Paisley by “BLACK PETER.” PETER BURNET was born on the estate of Thos. Todd, Esq. in the state of Virginia, in the year 1764.… More Peter Burnet – “Black Peter”

County Buildings & Jail

County Square, Paisley Paisley’s 19th century County Buildings & Jail, sat between county Square and the River White Cart. They replaced Paisley Tollbooth that sat at the corner of the High Street and Moss Street. In turn The County of Renfrew decided that their space in the buildings was too small and in 1887 they… More County Buildings & Jail

The “Newshot”, Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley 1943

Today if you mention Paisley ship building to residents or visitors they are very surprised.  Paisley’s ship building heritage has a long history, from building canal boats at Saucel, to numerous ship yards on the White Cart. Fleming & Ferguson has its origins in 1885 when William Y Fleming bought over the Phoenix shipyard of… More The “Newshot”, Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley 1943

Paisley Abbey Wee Dig 2017

During September 2017, Renfrewshire Council commissioned GUARD Archaeology LTD to undertake further excavation work on the site of Paisley Abbey’s Medieval Drain. The following two videos were published by the Paisley 2021 YouTube channel and tell the story of the dig. Both videos here are hosted on YouTube.  

“Royal Victoria”

Paisley in March 1838 On the 1st of March 1838 Messers Barr and McNab of the Abercorn launched the first ever steamer built on the white Cart. This iron boat was 38.1 meters in length a breadth of 4.27 meters and had a depth of 2.84 meters. The hull weighed 45 tons. The Royal Victoria… More “Royal Victoria”