Online History Cafe: Peter Burnet Wed 20th Jan 2021, 2pm

Tannahillls Cottage

Online History Cafe: Peter Burnet Wed 20th Jan 2021, 2pm Arriving in Paisley about 1781, Peter is one of the first coloured Americans to arrive in Scotland. He trained to be a weaver with the Tanahill family, and lived at the Tanahill home in Queen Street for much of his life. He died in 1847,… Continue reading Online History Cafe: Peter Burnet Wed 20th Jan 2021, 2pm

The Legacy of Christian Shaw – Thurs 17 Dec 7.30pm

Christian Shaw buirial site in EdinburghE

Christian Shaw, better known for her part in the Bargarran Witch hunt of 1696/7, is less well known as the lady who introduced fine linen thread manufacturing into Scotland in the early 18th Century. Within a decade Paisley manufactures had copied her process and were maufactuing some of the best linen yarns in Britain. This… Continue reading The Legacy of Christian Shaw – Thurs 17 Dec 7.30pm

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Paisley Abbey – An Introduction – Thurs 10 Dec 7.30pm

Paisley Abbey Alien Gargoyle

Join us as we explore the early history of Paisley Abbey. Why did the monks choose the site? Who were the founders and why did they play an important part in the devlopment of the Abbey and Town. In this talk we will be looking at the time period 1160 to 1560 – 400 years… Continue reading Paisley Abbey – An Introduction – Thurs 10 Dec 7.30pm

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Paisley’s Textile Heritage through Maps – Thursday 3rd Dec 7.30pm

Goad Map Paisley 1888-1946 NLS with a focus on Shuttle Street.

Paisley’s Textile Heritage through Maps – Thursday 3rd Dec 7.30pm Our second History talk of winter 2020/21 is looking at Paisley’s Textile Heritage looking at Paisley Town Plans. Since i first did this talk, the National Library of Scotland have digitised new plans of Paisley in addition to the OS First Edition Town Plans of… Continue reading Paisley’s Textile Heritage through Maps – Thursday 3rd Dec 7.30pm

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Kilmacolm: Prehistory to the 1800s Monday 21 December 7.30pm

Kilmacolm Old Church

In this talk we are focusing on the village of Kilmacolm, a victorian commutor village folowing the opeing of the railway line through the village. But its history goes back much further into prehistory with the Knapps Farmstead, through to Ducal Motte, Castle and the later Duchal House. Using archaeological evidence and a short virtual… Continue reading Kilmacolm: Prehistory to the 1800s Monday 21 December 7.30pm

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Maps workshop Wed 25th Sept: Paisley’s Textile Industry

Maxwelton, 1909

Join us at 7pm in the Mile End Mill, reception meeting room, for workshop exploring Paisley’s Textile Heritage through maps. We will also refer to the Ordnace Survey Name Books which give some information on properites shown on the maps. Book online at https://www.totaltickets.org/e/100050 ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of event.

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Renfrewshire Weavers Talk

Tuesday 20th August 2019 1.30 to 3.30pm Book here Come and join our penultimate talk of Augst as we look at Paisley & Renfrewshire Weavers – who were they?  where did they live?  What did they weave?  This talk will explore the life of  Weavers, looking at their influence on the town over time, their… Continue reading Renfrewshire Weavers Talk

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