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It’s Sma’ Shot Day – 2nd July

Well tomorrow is Sma’ Shot Day. We are all prepared. Are you coming to visit and discover our summer walks, find out about the September conference on 10th Sept and explore our merchandise? We will also have a raffle to win 2 walk tickets and a goodie bag…

Parade leave Brodie Park at 12noon and arrives at Abbey Close, Paisley about 1pm and is followed by burning of the Cork. All the stalls will be officially open at 12 noon.

June/ July Update

June has been a busy month which incorporated a short break on Bute exploring some of the archaeological and historical sites on the island. over the next few weeks you may spot a few posts about places visited and connections to Paisley and Renfrewshire.

On the 24th June we are leading a heritage walk “Linen Walk by Design Paisley” – part of the The Scottish Refugee Festival and joins a creative cluster of events from Journeys in Design in collaboration with Sewing2gether All Nations. (Date: Fri, Jun 24 • 14:30 BST meeting at Paisley Central Library, Mill Street and finishing at Sma’ Shot Cottages at 4pm with the chance of a cuppa and look around the weavers cottage & looms.) see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/linen-walk-by-design-paisley-tickets-358566099857 to book this free walk. For the other Paisley events see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/journeys-in-design-6652164461 Events include: One Millie All Nations Exhibition at Central Library & Creative Journeys for New Scots | Twilight Talk,

Fri, Jun 24 • 14:30 BST

Sma’ Shot Day – 2nd July – We will have our first stall on Abbey Close as part of the Sma’ Shot festival. We will have a selection of our merchandise for sale including local history books, maps, pictures, Paisley Notebooks, Mugs and Keyrings. Try your hand at a classic fete game and learn more about our summer programme of walks and talks.

In mid July we have our Renfrewshire Archaeology course scheduled to start in The Art Department on Causeyside Street where we will look at some of the early settlements of the area, through to the medieval era. See https://www.theurbanhistorian.co.uk/product/renfrewshire-archaeology-an-introduction/ for more details and booking.

The end of June and July is looking like a busy time. Why not take some time for yourself and see the history around you!

There was a jovial beggar

I’ve just been reading the THE DIARY AND GENERAL EXPENDITURE BOOK OF WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM OF CRAIGENDS, Commissioner to the Convention of Estates and Member of Parliament for Renfrewshire which was kept between 1673 and 1680. The time period falls directly into the Covenanting time period, which was also subjected to harsh harvests leading to impoverished times. The diary and account book of Wiliam Cunningham frequently indicates donations to the poor and beggars of the area amongst other things.

The following song is attributed to Richard Brome appears in a black-letter copy of the Bagford Collection, where it is entitled The Beggars’ Chorus in the ‘Jovial Crew, published in ANCIENT POEMS BALLADS AND SONGS OF THE PEASANTRY OF ENGLAND edited by ROBERT BELL in 1857. It really describes the life of a beggar in the late 17th Century.

 There was a jovial beggar,
      He had a wooden leg,
   Lame from his cradle,
      And forced for to beg.
And a begging we will go, we’ll go, we’ll go;
And a begging we will go!

   A bag for his oatmeal,
      Another for his salt;
   And a pair of crutches,
      To show that he can halt.
            And a begging, &c.

   A bag for his wheat,
      Another for his rye;
   A little bottle by his side,
      To drink when he’s a-dry.
            And a begging, &c.

   Seven years I begged
      For my old Master Wild,
   He taught me to beg
      When I was but a child.
            And a begging, &c.

   I begged for my master,
      And got him store of pelf;
   But now, Jove be praised!
      I’m begging for myself.
            And a begging, &c.

   In a hollow tree
      I live, and pay no rent;
   Providence provides for me,
      And I am well content.
            And a begging, &c.

   Of all the occupations,
      A beggar’s life’s the best;
   For whene’er he’s weary,
      He’ll lay him down and rest.
            And a begging, &c.

   I fear no plots against me,
      I live in open cell;
   Then who would be a king
      When beggars live so well?
And a begging we will go, we’ll go, we’ll go;
And a begging we will go!

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

Year of Stories – blog 1

Today, 10th January 2022, I should have been delivering a zoom talk to the Ontario Genealogical Societies Scottish Interest Group on Paisley Weavers. Unfortunately, I have had no voice for the last 5 days and the talk has been rescheduled for late February. Hopefully the voice returns soon, but it hasn’t stopped me reading or preparing notes and materials for walks, talks and blogs.

2022 is the Scottish Year of Stories, and throughout the year I plan on posting new blog posts on a regular basis looking at aspects of Paisley & Renfrewshire’s history that have never been told, based on local families & businesses away from the usual textile history of the area.

The first blog post will be published later this week and will introduce you to a Paisley family that had a a successful business in town and made a big impact in America, yet remain unrecorded in Paisleys history

If you a story about your ancestors that you would like to share and maybe find out a bit more about them, please contact us via our contact us page.

New for 2022

Launching in late 2022 we have our first in person course since early 2020. We will be using a new venue – Paisley St George’s church on Causeyside Street in Paisley which is close to bus roots and has a car park at its rear.

The first course will start on Monday 24th January at 7pm we will start looking at “Beginners Genealogy” a 4 week course introducing you to researching your family history using Scottish Records. On the 7th March we will start a new 4 week course looking at ‘Renfrewshire’s Archaeology’.

Courses cost £60 each and will be available to book from Monday 22nd November 2021

More details will be published shortly.

New for autum & winter heritage walking tours

We now have specialised walking tour headsets available for our Heritage Walks starting from our Old Paisley Walk on the 16th October 2021. The receiver takes a standard set of earphones using a 3.5mm jack. We can provide a set of earphones or you are welcome to bring your own. Our earphones will be sanitised before and after use, along with the receiver.

Using the headsets allows more social distancing and allows you to hear the guide a lot clearer (and also help save the guides voice!) If you want to make use of the headset please let us know in advance or at the start of any of the walks you are booked on.

Autumn & Winter Heritage Walks 2021

Our autumn & winter heritage walks are back and now being slowly added to our website. We begin on the 14th October with a walk exploring old Paisley from the top of Causeyside Street down to Paisley Abbey. On the 30th October we have a new walk – Paisley & witches that will explore the true story behind Paisley’s connection to witch hunts and other myths connected to witches on the town. The timings of the walks change slightly for the winter meeting at 1pm and finishing around 3pm.

We aim to have all the events online this week, with the October walks up by tonight. The full schedule is shown below

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