Category: Talks

Tues 27th July, 7.30pm – Black Peter History Talk

Peter Burnet (Barnet) aka Black Peter was Paisley’s first black American weaver, who arrived in the town via Glasgow & Kilmarnock in the late 18th Century. Born in Virginia in around 1769 Peter became a popular adopted ‘Buddie’ and in later life became know around Scotland as he travelled selling his biography. The talk will explore Peters life and journey to Paisley, and will cover some recently discovered records relating to himself and his family.

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Essential Information

Event Code: UH-HT24 Date: Tuesday 27th July 2021 Time 7.30pm. This event takes place on Zoom. Bookings will close at midnight the day before the event and zoom invites will be emailed on the morning of the event day.

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.

Tues 20th July, 7.30pm – Paisley Burgh Records History Talk

This history talk is aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about the records relating to the Burgh of Paisley and other genealogical records of the area. The talk will focus on published burgh records, burial records and other useful sources that have recently been published.

Bookings Now Closed

Event Code: UH-HT20 Date: Tuesday 20th July 2021 Time 7.30pm. This event takes place on Zoom. Bookings will close at midnight the day before the event and zoom invites will be emailed on the morning of the event day.

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.

Tues 13th July, 7.30pm Renfrewshire Weavers History Talk (Online)

The Weavers of Renfrewshire helped propel the County of Renfrew as one of the leading textile manufacturing ares of Scotland during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. This talk will explore the weaving landscape of the county, focusing on Kilbarchan and and the weaving centres in Paisley. We will look at the people, their jobs, hobbies and where some of them lived.

Cancelled due to unexpected circumstances

Essential Information:

Code: UH-HT12  Date: Tuesday 13th July Time 7.30pm. Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom invites will be emailed out on the morning of the event. Booking for the Event will close at midnight on the 12th July.

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.

The Parish of Kilbarchan, Online History Talk – 29th June 3pm

The Parish of Kilbarchan comprises a large area of the Old County of Renfrew, centred on the village of Kilbarchan itself. This talk will look at the landscape, and settlements within the parish, genealogical records for the parish and the churches within the parish. This is an ideal change for genealogists to learn a bit more about about the area and some background history.

Booking now closed

Essential Information:

Code: UH-HT23  Date: Tuesday 29th June Time 3pmpm. Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom invites will be emailed out on the morning of the event. Booking for the Event will close at midnight on the 28th June.

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.

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Paisley Abbey – History Talk, Tues 22nd June 7.30pm Online

Paisley Abbey sits on the oldest occupied site within Paisley. From its foundation in 1163 it has witnessed many historic events such as the birth of King Robert II, the death of his mother Marjory Bruce, numerous Royal Visits and of course the growth of the town of Paisley itself. This online talk will explore the early history of the Abbey it’s royal connections and the surviving buildings.

Booking is now closed

Essential Information:

Code: UH-HT06  Date: Tuesday 22nd June Time 7.30pm. Location: Online via Zoom. Zoom invites will be emailed out on the morning of the event. Booking for the Event will close at midnight on the 21st June.

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.

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.

Booking is now closed

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.

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.


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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
Theme: Elation by Kaira.
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