This evening, I am providing summary information on Robert Tannahill (1774-1810), a poet from Paisley in the West of Scotland.
Interestingly, Tannahill was a contemporary of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns ( 1759-1796) and both died at similar age, Burns age 37 yrs and Tannahill age 36 yrs. There was a further link in that Tannahill was the first secretary of the Paisley Burns Club which was founded in 1805 and ranks as the world’s oldest.
This afternoon, I a joined a small group on a short hiking tour around the small town of Neilston in the West of Scotland. This follows on previous visits to the town in (a) May of this year when I visited the Agricultural Show and (b) in 2010 when I attended a Ceilidh (community dance) there.
Neilston has a documented history dating back to 1163 when the parish church was ‘appropriated’ by Paisley Abbey.It is therefore likely that a settlement existed well before the 12th century.
During the 19th century Neilston was served by two separate railway lines (now just one). The Crofthead Mill was a major source of employment.The original mill (cotton spinning) was established by James Orr & Co in 1792 using the River Levern as a power source. The current building dates from 1891 which produced sewing thread using cotton and other fibres. This closed in 1992.
This building is the former Free Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) dating from 1873. Worship here ceased in 1964, Subsequently, the building has been converted to Curch Halls.