Johnstone Virtual Textile Heritage Walk 5 Dec 1pm

Due to local restrictions this walk will now be run as an Online Event via Zoom. Johnstone is a planned village set out in the later 18th Century. It has its origins in a small community known as the Bridge of Johnstone. This heritage walk will explore the history of the textile industry. This online… More Johnstone Virtual Textile Heritage Walk 5 Dec 1pm

Monastery of Paisley Heritage Walk 28 Nov at 1pm

Due to local restrictions this walk will be run as an Online Event via Zoom. Today Paisley Abbey is the last remaining building of the former Monastery of Paisley. The heritage walk will take you around the monastic walls, describing the type of buildings that would have been found within the complex. The remains of… More Monastery of Paisley Heritage Walk 28 Nov at 1pm

Kilbarchan Heritage Walk 21 Nov 1pm

The Village dates back to the 6th Century with the arrival of a wandering monk, Barchan. Cost £7 This is an Online Virtual Heritage Walk.… More Kilbarchan Heritage Walk 21 Nov 1pm

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… More Online History Cafe – Paisley Genealogy Resources

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… More Halloween History Cafe 31 Oct 2-3pm

Dark Events at Bargarran in 1676

Today when the name Bargarran is mentioned, we always turn our mind to 1696 and the last mass witch hunt in Scotland that led to the execution of 7 people in Paisley on the 10th October 1697.  But the events that unfolded there in 1696 were preceded by a mysterious death in 1676. In the… More Dark Events at Bargarran in 1676

October is Witches month!

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… More October is Witches month!

New Genealogy Resource

While consulting the 1885 Trade Directory for Paisley, I came upon a directory of the streets contained within each ecclesiastical parish of Paisley. The list of streets within the parish is useful when seeking to locate ancestors. Please see the full article to explore the eight Ecclesiastical Parishes of Paisley of the Church of Scotland… More New Genealogy Resource

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,… More Views in Renfrewshire – Online History Cafe

Heritage Walk Update 16 September 2020

As of today we have opened our ticket sales for Heritage Walks again. The current rules of meeting others outdoors is a maximum of 6 from 2 househlds. Advice received allows walks to go a head with multiple groups of 6 from 2 households as long as socail distancing is mainainted. Our full guidelines can… More Heritage Walk Update 16 September 2020