Kilbarchan: A weavers village – Talk

Lets step back in time to when weaving dominated Kilbarchan.  This talk will explore village life through archaeological excavations, and written evidence for life in the village.   We will look at excavations in the graveyard at Kilbarchan West Parish Church that brought some surprising discoveries, along with other digs at the Weavers Cottage. 13th August,… More Kilbarchan: A weavers village – Talk

Centuries-old mystery of Paisley Abbey medieval drain tunnel is revealed

We are a bit behind when it comes to adding news and research to the website just now, but here is the story of the discovery a few weeks ago of the outlet of the Paisley Abbey Drain and most likely part of the old river wall as well. We already knew Scotland’s finest and… More Centuries-old mystery of Paisley Abbey medieval drain tunnel is revealed

A tour of Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey History Cafe Workshops

Come and join us on a Monday afternoon at 1.30pm for our History Cafe Workshops at Paisley Abbey. Over three weeks we are exploring the history and archaeology of the monastic complex. Time 1.30 to 2.30pm Tea / Coffee £2.50 provided by the Abbey Cost £5 (Suggested donation)

Medieval Renfrewshire Course

Our 4 week lecture series on Medieval Renfrewshire begins on Wednesday 12th June. Although this is a 4 week course, you can come along to any of the talks, at a cost of £10 a session. The four lectures will over: L1 The Dark Ages in the CountyL2 Feudalism arrives in RenfrewshireL3 Paisley Abbey &… More Medieval Renfrewshire Course

New in 2019

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Peter Burnet – “Black Peter”

From the New Paisley Repository No.4 Saturday, January, 15th. 1853 SONG.      To the Air – ” CAPTAIN PATON.” Composed after reading the life of Peter Burnet, commonly known in Paisley by “BLACK PETER.” PETER BURNET was born on the estate of Thos. Todd, Esq. in the state of Virginia, in the year 1764.… More Peter Burnet – “Black Peter”

Taking a break…

At the moment the Urban Historian is having a break from delivering our heritage walks and talks. This is due to continuing health issues. We’re hopeful that things will start to improve soon, with talks commencing again in the spring, followed by the walks by the summer. In the meantime, time is being spent reading… More Taking a break…

County Buildings & Jail

County Square, Paisley Paisley’s 19th century County Buildings & Jail, sat between county Square and the River White Cart. They replaced Paisley Tollbooth that sat at the corner of the High Street and Moss Street. In turn The County of Renfrew decided that their space in the buildings was too small and in 1887 they… More County Buildings & Jail

Two new talks announced

To complete our October series of talks, we invite you to come along to hear more about witchcraft in Scotland.   On the 22nd October we will be looking at early witchcraft in Scotland, while on the 29th of October we will be looking at Renfrewshire cases from 1600 – 1650.  See our Short Courses page… More Two new talks announced