A history of royalty and radicalism… a town built by thread, made world-famous by a pattern… home to artists and artisans, musicians and mill girls.
Paisley has it all.
Straddling everything from medieval patriots to exiled punks, Paisley has a whole host of stories to tell.
Dive in and read a few chapters for yourself…
Stretching back over 1,500 years Paisley’s story takes in royalty, radicalism and national heroes.
The first of the Stewart kings of Scotland, Robert II (grandson of the famous King Robert the Bruce) was born inside Paisley Abbey in 1316. That other famous Scottish hero of medieval times, William Wallace, was born in Renfrewshire and folklore has it he was educated by the monks of the Abbey.
Paisley was transformed by the Industrial Revolution into a economic powerhouse between the late-18th and mid-19th centuries, when it was catapulted to the forefront of the worldwide thread industry. This was the heyday of the iconic Paisley Pattern – the iconic design which took Paisley’s name around the world and is still instantly recognisable today.
But it’s not all about warriors and weavers. Paisley has a fascinating social and cultural history. Individuals and movements born in Paisley have shaped the world we live in today, Through it all, there’s a passion for music, dance, poetry and prose that continues to this day.
Take a look at Paisley….you never know what you might discover!