Category: Talks

Paisley Abbey: It’s early history – Online Talk Wed 12th May 7.30pm

Paisey Abbey: It’s early history – Online Talk Wed 12th May

Event cancelled due to late evening 2nd covid vaccination


This online talk will explore the early history and development of the Priory & Monastery of Paisley that we now know as Paisley Abbey. We will look at the founders of the Abbey, and their influence on the Abbey, Town and Scotland as the years went on.

Key Info:

Event Code: UH-HW06 Date: Wednesday 12th May 2021 Time 7.30pm. This event takes place on Zoom. Bookings will close at midday on day of event and zoom invites will be emailed out in the early afternoon.

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.

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Abbey Parish History Cafe 4th May 7.30pm

Abbey Parish History Cafe 4th May 7.30pm

Bookings have now closed

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

Bookings have now closed


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

Bookings now closed


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

Bookings have now closed


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.

Royal Renfrew- History Talk

Royal Renfrew- History Talk

Wednesday 31 March 2021 7.30pm


Folowing on from our history cafe session on Saturday afternoon (27th March), where we looked in depth at Walter Stewart – 6th High Steward of Scotland, we now look at the Royal Burgh of Renfrew, the ancient heart of the County of Renfrewshire. The talk will look at the arrical of the Fitz Allan family, the establkishment of the Castle and the growth of the Burgh overtime. We wil also have a look at some of thr trade and industry within the Burgh concluding with a look at the Lobnitz yard and their contribution to World War 2.

Essential information: The talk will be held on Zoom at 7.30pm on the 31st March. Bookings will close at 3pm on the day of the event, and invites will be sent out shortly afterwards. The cost of the talk 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.

Ref: UH-HT17


Bookings have now closed


Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland – History Cafe

Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland – History Cafe

Saturday 27th March 2021 3 – 4pm on Zoom


Walter Stewart, the 6th High Steward of Scotland played a part in the wars of independance in Scotland during the 14th Century. Born around 1292 he became a close friend of Robert the Bruce, becoming his son-in-law on his marriage to Marjory Bruce, and later father to King Robert II of Scotland. This short history cafe session will look at his genealogy, life and the part Walter played in the Wars of Independance, the Declaration of Arbroath and other exploits in the name of King Robert I.

Essential information: The talk will be held on Zoom at 3pm on the 27th March. Bookings will close at 11am on the day of the event, and invites will be sent out shortly afterwards. The cost of the History Cafe is £5 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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The Urban Historian has written a chapter in ‘Conquered By No One’ on Walter Stewart

Paisley Burgh Records

Paisley Burgh Records

& lesser known genealogical resources

Tuesday 16th March 2021 7.30pm

For Genealogists, tracing your ancestors can be hit and miss if you are searching before official registration began in 1855. This talk will explore the records that available for Paisley from the 1600s through until 1855. Some records survive in the Burgh (town council) records while otherscan be found in national taxation records and local chuch records.

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Key Information

Cost £7 per household. Meeting will be held on Zoom on Tuesday 16 March 2021 at 7.30pm. Zoom invites will be sent out at 3pm on the 16th, when bookings close.

Talk ID – UH-HT19

Archaeology and Buildings of Paisley Abbey

Archaeology & Buildings of Paisley Abbey

Thursday 11th March 2021 7.30pm

Bookings have now closed for this talk. It will be re run later in the year.

Paisley Abbey – the most dominant and historic building in Paisley today is only a fragment of the Monastery of Paisley that existed up to the rformation in 1560. Through maps, images and evidence from archaeological excavations we shall have a look at the develoment of the buldings that we know so well today, looking at the architectural details.

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Sedilia of Paisley Abbey

Key Information

Cost £7 per household. Meeting will be held on Zoom on Thursday 11th March 2021 at 7.30pm. Zoom invites will be sent out at 3pm on the 11th, when bookings close.

Talk ID – UH-HT18

Theme: Elation by Kaira.
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