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Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley

Baptist Cathedral, Pasiley

Today proved quite satisfying. For some time I have been working on an ancestry themed tour for a guest from Canada whose ancestor/relation was a gentleman named Dr Oliver Flett who spent most of his life in Paisley. Following some research anddetective work I found Dr Flett’s significant memorial at Woodside Cemetery,Paisley. Full information can be found in this blog post.

I took this opportunity to view and visit some of Paisley’s important landmarks and buildings. Image at top of this post is the Thomas Coats Memorial Church (Baptist) , one of many public buildings donated by the Coats family. Other important buildings are discussed below.

Paisley is now a shadow of its former industrial past. Historically, the town was a textile industry powerhouse employing tens of thousands in its mills and associated industries.  Today, Paisley is looking to reinvent itself. Read more on Visit Paisley, Visit Scotland…



This evening, my theme is Glasgow architecture with particular focus on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the ‘Mackintosh Church’

Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

C.R.Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

 Charles Rennie Mackintosh ( 1868-1928) was possibly the foremost architect and designer originating from Glasgow. He was one of the ‘Glasgow Four’ comprising himself, Herbert Macnair and the sisters Margaret and Frances McDonald. This group worked within the Glasgow School of Art (designed by Mackintosh) around 1890-1910.

Read more on Visit Mackintosh Church, Visit Glasgow…



York, in North East England, was established as ‘Eboracum’ around AD71 and from thereon was established as a combined Roman military and civilian base for the succeeding 300 years or so. In fact in AD208 the Emperor Septimus Severus established  his Imperial Court here and ruled the empire from York for a period of three years whilst campaigning in Scotland.

Below are provided a section of images representing tangible remains of the Roman era.

Here is a 8m high Roman column which was found under the nearby Minster tower in 1967-72. This column was originally one of 16 supporting the roof of the Basilica.

Roman Column, York Minster

Roman Column, York Minster, England

Read more on Visit Roman York, Visit England…