This evening I am presenting some video clips of my visit this morning to Paisley Abbey, near Glasgow.

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163, initially as a Priory, but became an abbey answerable to Rome in 1245 and was dedicated to St.Mary, St. James, St. Mirin and St. Milburga. It is believed that William Wallace (‘Braveheart’) was educated at the Abbey. The building has had a chequered history:

  • Burned by the English in 1307 and subsequently restored.
  • Damaged by accidental fire in 1498 and restored.
  • Tower collapsed in 1553 leaving part of the building open to elements for 350 years.
  • Restored 1858-62.
  • Re-roofed 1890-1907.
  • Re-dedicated 1928.

Buried in the Abbey are six High Stewards, Marjory Bruce, King Robert II’s wives and King Robert III.

This is a very impressive building and well worth visiting.

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