Inside Paisley Abbey, Scotland

Inside Paisley Abbey, Scotland

This morning, I met guests in central Paisley, S.W. Scotland and then embarked on a walking tour of the town with emphasis on ancestors named Barclay who lived in Paisley during late 18th and 19th centuries.

By way of introduction, Paisley (pop 77,000) has a long history in the weaving and textile industries which at peak employed about 100,000 persons. In the early days Paisley was famous for the Paisley shawls but thread manufacture later dominated under the Clark and Coats families. Two of the former mill buildings are extant, having been converted to alternative uses.

A summary of the tour is as follows:

  • Laigh Kirk burial ground where is a Barclay memorial.
  • Oakshaw Trinity Church where we discovered another Barclay memorial.
  • Thomas Coats Memorial Church  (aka ‘Baptist Cathedral’)
  • John Witherspoon Statue. This former Paisley Presbyterian Minister was a signatory of the American Declaration of Independence.
  • 18th century weavers cottages known as Sma’ Shot. (Exterior only.)
  • Former Castlehead Church in Canal Street. An eery burial ground containing the grave of Paisley poet Robert Tannahill. Ronald Reagan’s ancestors were married here.
  • Twelfth century, Paisley Abbey. We availed of light refreshments here.
  • Two former textile mills, Anchor and Mile End.
  • Finally we returned to central Paisley where the tour finished.

The tour benefited from dry, mild weather.

Paisley War Memorial, Gilmour Street, Paisley, Scotland.

Paisley War Memorial, Gilmour Street, Paisley, Scotland.

Barclay memorial at Laigh Kirk, Paisley, Scotland

Barclay memorial at Laigh Kirk, Paisley, Scotland

High Street, Paisley, Scotland

High Street, Paisley, Scotland

Barclay memorial at Oakshaw Trinity Church, Paisley, Scotland.

Barclay memorial at Oakshaw Trinity Church, Paisley, Scotland.

Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley, Scotland

Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley, Scotland

Witherspoon Statue, Paisley, Scotland

Witherspoon Statue, Paisley, Scotland

Sma' Shot Cottages, Paisley

Sma’ Shot Cottages, Paisley

Paisley Town Hall, Scotland

Paisley Town Hall, Scotland.

10th century Barochan Cross, Paisley, Scotland

10th century Barochan Cross, Paisley Abbey, Scotland.

Video clip of Paisley Abbey interior.

Paisley Abbey, Scotland

Paisley Abbey, Scotland

Anchor Mill, Paisley, Scotland

Anchor Mill, Paisley, Scotland

Mile End Mill, Paisley, Scotland

Mile End Mill, Paisley, Scotland

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