Interested in our history and heritage? Stories from Paisley and Renfrewshire tell of our people and place and a unique cultural legacy.

Our story is shaped by our people and places. We’re writing new chapters every day. Choose Paisley and Renfrewshire and be a part of our story.

A history built on royalty and radicalism. Towns built on textiles. Mill girls, musicians, missionaries and monks all played their part.

You can explore stories from Paisley and Renfrewshire in greater detail on the Renfrewshire Heritage website. You can delve deeper on this website and explore. You can also visit our Heritage Centre where expert staff will guide you through the history of our are – and perhaps also your own family connections to Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire is home to some of Scotland’s greatest heroes. A fascinating tale waiting for you to uncover journeys from Scotland’s Braveheart, Sir William Wallace, to Renfrewshire’s pivotal role in the birthing of a Royal dynasty, from the tragically premature death of Marjorie Bruce – daughter of the famous King Robert – to the reign of King Robert II, first of the Stewart kings.

The iconic Paisley Pattern took our name around the world and Renfrewshire’s industrial past is packed full of fascinating stories, telling of brave people and bold traditions.

Now, we are writing a new future.

Stories that shaped our place

People who shaped our place

Exploring the history of our towns and villages

Preserving Paisley's built heritage

Paisley has a wonderful historic heritage from the medieval until very recently, and is simply one of Scotland's most important places.

Professor Gerard Carruthers
Professor of Scottish Literature
University of Glasgow