Category: Online

26 May 2021, 7.30pm Online History Talk – Christian Shaw the woman

Better known for her role in the Bargarran Witchhunt of 1696/97 at the age of 11, Christian Shaw became an influencial lady within Paisley and Scotland in later life.  This talk will explore her life, through two marriages and her inovations in education and industry.

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Essential Information:

Code: UH-HT04  Date: Wednesday 26th May Time 7.30pm. Location: Online via Zoom

Cost £7.00 per household.  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.

Abbey Parish History Cafe 4th May 7.30pm

Abbey Parish History Cafe 4th May 7.30pm

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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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Renfrewshire Weavers Talk, 28 April 7.30pm

Renfrewshire Weavers Talk, 28 April 7.30pm

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This talk will explore the life’s of Renfrewshire Weavers, what areas were they concentrated in? what was their social life like? Where did they work? The talk will also provide a short update on the research being carried out on the Weavers of Kilbarchan Project (see https://www.gofundme.com/f/weavers-of-kibarchan-who-where for details our post on our main page).


Key Info:

Event Code: UH-HT12 Date: Wednesday 28th April Time 7.30pm. Online Event. Zoom invite will be emailed out at Midday on the day of the event.

Cost £7.00 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.


Forbes Place
Forbes Place, Centre of the Shawl Industry

Woodside Cemetery Talk Wednesday 21st April, 7.30pm

Woodside Cemetery Talk

Wednesday 21st April, 7.30pm

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Join us online to explore Woodside Cemetery in Paisley. Opened in 1845 the cemetery is the last resting place for many Paisley buddies both rich and poor. The talk will look at the Cemetery’s origins, some of the peopl buried there and look at how to track down burials and lairs.

Essential information: Place – Zoom, cost £5.50 (spring offer), Zoom invites will be sent out at noon on the day of the event when booking closes. If you fail to attend no refunds are offered. If talk is cancelled a refund or choice of attending another event will be offered.

Booking Code – UH-HT22

Woodside Cemetery, Paisley Centre Headstone is the lair of Rev Robert Cairns of George St U. P. church

Paisley Textile Heritage through Maps Friday 16th April 7.30pm

Paisley Textile Heritage through Maps

Friday 16th April 7.30pm

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Join us online for an exploration of Paisly’s textile heritage using 19th century maps and images. From linen thread & weaving to silk & cotton along with associated industries we will cover it all.

Essential information: Place – Zoom, cost £5.50 (spring offer), Zoom invites will be sent out at noon on the day of the event when booking closes. If you fail to attend no refunds are offered. If talk is cancelled a refund or choice of attending another event will be offered.

Booking Code – UH-HT7

Forbes Place from Bridge Street.

Virtual Heritage Walk – Paisley now & Then

Virtual Heritage Walk – Paisley Now & Then

Thursday 25th March 2021, 7.30 – 9.30pm on Zoom


Explore Paisley as it was in the late 19th Century as we walk from the junction of Neilston Road/ Calside down Causeyside Street to Paisley Abbey via the High Street and Abbey Close. using late 19th and early 20th Century photographs of the area, along with 21st Century images we will trace the changes that haver happened over 200 years.

Essential information: The talk will be held on Zoom at 7.30pm on the 25th March. Bookings will close at midday on the day of the event, and invites will be sent out shortly afterwards. The cost of the virtual is £7 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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Paisley Canal at Stow Brae Causeyside
Paisley Canal at Stow Brae Causeyside

Searching for your Ancestors Online Course 2021

Searching for your Ancestors Online Course 2021

Join us as we help you start researching your family history. No experience is required. Over the 12 weeks we will give you the knowledge to start woring on your family tree, the skills required to record the essential information & record where your sources come from.

The course will be taught on Zoom, and you will have access to all of the class materials through a dedicated webpage on our website. The sessions will run on Monday night, with a break for Easter Monday.

The course begins on Monday 8th March at 7.30pm. Sessions last 2 hours and nclide a talk and a question and answer session.

See https://www.theurbanhistorian.co.uk/genealogy-courses/ for full details. Cost £150 or book seperate modules at £50 each

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Virtual Heritage Walk: Johnstone – 27 Feb 2021 – 2pm

Virtual Heritage Walk: Johnstone – 27 Feb 2021 – 2pm

Code: UH-HW03

Johnstone a planned village of the 18th Century gew from an older small settle know as the Bridge of Johnstone. This heritage walk will explore the different industries that developed in the town curing the 19th Century. The early induistries of the town were textile based, but over time heavy enginerring also developed.

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Key Information: Date Saturday 27th February 2021 at 2pm. Duration 2 hours. Cost £7.00 The Event will be held on Zoom. Zoom Invites will be sent out on the evening of Friday 26th Feb.

Johnstone Heritage Walk 2017
Johnstone Heritage Walk 2017
Theme: Elation by Kaira.
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