January Update

January and February are a busy couple of months for the Urban Historian.  As you can see we have started to introduce our new logo and tag line – see the history around you. Our new History Cafe and Heritage walks will start in February, but we are not having a break.  We are continuing… More January Update

Names of the witches (in Scotland) 1658 – Welcome Library

The Welcome Library has recently published a fascinating book from 1658 to c1662 with a list of witches named in Scotland.   The original manuscript list is written by several hands, but also contains a later transcript. The original document is endorsed: ‘Names of the witches. 1658’.  There is one short section on Renfrewshire. You can… More Names of the witches (in Scotland) 1658 – Welcome Library

History Scotland Podcast featuring the Urban Historian

A few weeks ago, Stephen in his role as the Vice-chair & Historian of Paisley Thread Mill Museum spoke with Neil from History Scotland Magazine for one of their Podcasts. You can listen to the full broadcast through the link below. The Paisley Thread Mill Museum portion starts at 16 minutes in. https://soundcloud.com/user-42264641/history-scotland-podcast-episode-28-grand-central-paisley-thread-mill-museum#t=16:00

“Royal Victoria”

Paisley in March 1838 On the 1st of March 1838 Messers Barr and McNab of the Abercorn launched the first ever steamer built on the white Cart. This iron boat was 38.1 meters in length a breadth of 4.27 meters and had a depth of 2.84 meters. The hull weighed 45 tons. The Royal Victoria… More “Royal Victoria”

County and Sheriff Court Buildings

By an arrangement entered into between the County and Burgh authorities, an Act of Parliament was obtained in 1887, under which the County authorities renounced their interest in the old County Buildings in County Square, and they erected the new County Buildings, which contain a County Hall, offices for the County Clerk, Treasurer and Collector,… More County and Sheriff Court Buildings

Free Library and Museum

Ionic in style, with a tetrastyla portico and wings, this fine building was gifted to the town by the late Sir Peter Coats of Woodside. Originally £15,000 was expended on the structure, which was handed by the donor to the town, on condition that the Free Library Act was adopted. It was opened for public… More Free Library and Museum

Infirmaries of Paisley

The Old Infirmary in Bridge Street, built in 1850, occupies the site of a Hospital founded in 1784, and is now (in 1896) used as a Dispensary and Hospital. The New Infirmary at Calside  (which is in course of erection) is approached by Causeyside the Main thoroughfare south wards from Gilmour and Canal Street stations.… More Infirmaries of Paisley

Paisley Technical School

This (in 1896) will soon be another addition to the educational institutions of the town, and, like most of the other institutions, is indebted to the liberality of her citizens for its existence. By the will of the late Peter Brough, £300 yearly was allocated for establishing a Science Lectureship. The trustees, however, instead of… More Paisley Technical School

Robert Tannahill – A Paisley Poet

THE TANNAHILL STATUE In the Abbey Churchyard, opposite the main entrance to the Clark Town Hall. Robert Tannahill, son of a Paisley weaver, and himself trained to follow his father’s calling, was one of Scotland’s sweetest native minstrels. Indeed, he takes rank with Lady Carolina Nairne -with whose genius his had much in common as… More Robert Tannahill – A Paisley Poet

West End Cross, Paisley

This is a corner dear to the born Paslonian. The present buildings were erected some years ago on the site of the old “Coffin En’,” and are at once ornamental and, by virtue of the clock, extremely useful. It is on the highway to Johnstone on the west, and Glasgow on the east, and stands… More West End Cross, Paisley