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.
Straddling everything from medieval patriots to exiled punks, Paisley and Renfrewshire have a whole host of stories to tell.
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Royalty and radicalism
Stretching back over 1,500 years, our 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. The town of Renfrew would come to be known as the ‘Cradle of the Stewarts’ as the family became a royal dynasty. 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 and 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. Our area has a fascinating social and cultural history. Individuals and movements born here 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.