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This evening I am presenting some images taken during today’s tour of Glasgow for a group of visitors from Singapore.

Here are some images taken at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park. It took almost 100 years from the time Mackintosh and his wife designed the building to the date of final construction, but it was worth the wait! A stunning and unique interior comprising main hall, dining room, music room and oval room.

Here are some Highland Cattle which live in the unusual setting of Glasgow’s Pollock Park. They are quite docile and very photogenic, albeit far removed from their natural habitat of the mountains and hills.

Here are some images of the famous Burrell Collection , which contains some 8500 art treasures collected by William Burrell (1861-1958) and donated to the City of Glasgow in 1944. The collection covers a vast span of time from ancient Egypt through to the medieval.

This is the Ubiquitous Chip in Ashton Lane where the group enjoyed a good meal. An award winning restaurant and the city;s favourite for ‘Mctastic’ Scottish food, especially venison and seafood.

Exterior of Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Inside is one of the most famous municipal collections of Scottish and European paintings in the country.

Here are some images form a tour of the Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery

Guide giving introductory presentation.

Copper stills

Maturation in process. About 2pct p.a. is lost due to evaporation and is known as the ‘Angels Share’.
Overall, a good tour which was aided by reasonably clement weather.

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This evening I am presenting a feature on a piece of industrial history in the form of Paisley and the textile industry.

During the 19th and 20th centuries Paisley and silks and were Kashmir shawls imported by the East India Company was at the heart of a thriving textile industry with a skilled workforce. The town’s hand loom weavers were expert at weaving fine lawns, muslinsthus well positioned to seize the opportunity when the intricately patterned became the height of fashion.

Paisley’s output soon dominated the market to the extent that the output of shawls and traditional patterns became known as ‘paisleys’.

During the late 19th and early 2oth centuries paisley’s prosperity was driven by the great thread mills of the Coats and Clark families which owned mills where thousands of local people produced sewing thread for export all over the world.

Some of the of the mill buildings still remain and the wealthy mill owners gifted to the town a legacy of buildings which include:

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This evening I am presenting some images taken during recent research for an ancestry tour.

Seedhill Road, Paisley is on old industrial/residential part of Paisley with a former textile mill (Anchor Mill) which has been converted to a business centre.

This is Seedhill Road with the former mill in the middle distance.

Once aspect of the former mill.
This is 19 Seedhill Road where the ancestor of my client lived at one time in the 1800s.
Seedhill Road and the mill.

Overall, I think its fair to say that Paisley is somewhat jaded and need to reinvent itself to re-capture the glory days of the 1800s boom town when the local textile industry reined supreme. Paisley has a great heritage, particularly the magnificent Abbey which is underrated and does not normally feature on the tourist trail.

On each visit I get a different appreciation of Paisley, with its fascinating industrial history, and may set up a dedicated web page in the future.

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