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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.

Renfrewshire’s Archaeology Course

Our second short course for 2022 is Renfrewshire Archaeology. Over 4 a week period we will look at the early history of the county of Renfrew through its surviving archaeology. We will study the prehistoric landscape through to medieval castles and churches and every thing in between.

The first session is on Monday 7th March in the Session House of Paisley St George’s Church on Causeyside Street between 7 and 9pm.

The course starts on Monday 7th March 2022, 7 – 9pm

The 4 week course costs £60 Book Now via PayPal – no account required.

Essential Information

Renfrewshire Archaeology Cost £60 Meeting Times: 7-9pm 7, 14, 21 & 28th March 2022

Location: Session House, Paisley St George’s Church, Causeyside Street, Paisley – Enter by side door from Causeyside Street.

Beginners Genealogy Course

A new year and a return to in-person talks and courses and a new venue!

Our first short course for 2021 is Beginners Genealogy. Over 4 weeks we will look at how to start your family history by talking to relatives and how to then record the information. We then move on to how to find birth, marriage and death records using civil documents such as Birth, Marriage & Death certificates and old parish registers. We will also cover other types of documents found on the ScotlandsPeople website such as wills and session records.

We will be meeting on a Monday night in the Session House of Paisley St George’s Church on Causeyside Street between 7 and 9pm. St George’s church has an interesting heritage with the churches now making up the modern congregation having once covered 50% of the Parishes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. During the course we will have the opportunity to consult some of the congregational records that have been digitised.

The course starts on Monday 24th January 2022 7 – 9pm

The 4 week course costs £60 Book Now via PayPal – no account required.

Essential Information

Beginners Genealogy Cost £60 Meeting Times: 7-9pm 24 January, 31 Jan, 7 February, 14th Feb 2022

Location: Session House, Paisley St George’s Church, Causeyside Street, Paisley – Enter by side door from Causeyside Street.

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

October 2021 Dinner Talk

Following our successful dinner talk at Pendulum in August, we have now organised a follow-up Dinner Talk at Pendulum Scottish Kitchen & Bar for Tuesday 12th October at 6.30pm. The topic of the talk will be on the early linen thread making industry in Scotland, looking at Christian Shaw’s (of Bargarran witch-hunt fame) involvement in the industry and the establishment of the Scottish spinning schools.

Meeting in the private dining are we will enjoy a 2 course meal from the Market Menu (you’re responsible for any extras and drinks) followed by the talk.

All of this for £25 to reserve your place a deposit of £10 is due, with the remainder paid on the night.

Bookings have now closed


Code: UH-Pendulum-Oct12 Date: Tuesday 12th October 2021 Time 6.30pm. Meeting Point: Private Dinining Room, Pendulum, Gauze St, Paisley.

Cost £25.00 (£10 deposit due on booking – remainder on night. Includes standard 2 course meal from the Market Menu – you’re responsible for any extras and drinks)) 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.

Fridays are history days

We have two projects running on Friday’s from the 27th August.

The Glenburn Buddies History Skills Project is teaching a group of local residents how to carryout historical research over a 10 week period on Friday mornings.

The Glenburn Heritage Group drop-in sessions began on the the 20th August and run every Friday afternoon. All are to come along and tell your stories of living in Glenburn

Discover Paisley!

We have just published our Heritage Walks for August to early October 2021. Under the general theme of Discover Paisley, we have a mix of old and new heritage walking tours running every Saturday, other than the 4th September when we will be running a Doors Open Day event at Paisley St George’s Outreach Centre in Glenburn.

Our scheduled walks include: Seedhill & Anchor Mills, The Threads of Paisley, Early Paisley, Woodside & a new Paisley Mystery Tour. The mystery tour will run several times over the next few months and it can also be booked as a bespoke tour by contacting us if you are visiting Paisley at a time when it is not scheduled.

See our Event Calendar for full information on each event.

Theme: Elation by Kaira.
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