Tannahill’s Cottage

Fondly known as ‘Paisley’s Son’, Robert Tannahill, the weaver and Poet, compatriot of Robert Burns, lived here all his life (1774-1810).

Discover a cottage built by Tannahill’s father, which is now home to the Paisley Burns Club – founded in 1805 and is one of the oldest Burns Clubs in the world. The cottage is not open to the public however access can be arranged, allowing you to view the display of Tannahill and Burns memorabilia.

Apprentice to his handloom weaver father, Tannahill gained the nickname, ‘Weaver’s Poet’, as he delicately wove stanza over stanza in his self-taught poetry.

‘Paisley’s Son’ left a legacy of over a hundred poems including “Jessie the Flower of Dunblane”, “The Braes of Gleniffer” and the famous “Will You Go Lassie Go”.

Affectionately remembered after his death, locals funded a monument in 1866, which was erected by his grave at Castlehead Church. A second Robert Tannahill monument also features outside Paisley Abbey.

From 1874 (100 years after his birth), until 1935, tens of thousands of people would travel to Gleniffer Braes for the “Glen Concerts”, which would feature choirs singing poems and songs written by Robert Tannahill.

Opening times:

External viewing only.


External viewing only.

Getting there:

Various services from McGill’s buses to a stop 100 metres away on Broomlands Street.

Paisley Gilmour Street Station approx 1 mile.




11 Queen St

Links to Tannahill

The bard who loved the Braes

Just as the harness weaver had a draw-boy, each block printer had a tearer. These tearers were boys and girls, and if the draw-boys were a demonstrative class, the tearers were not behind them. When the day’s work was over, they issued in a stream from the orate, their hands and arms stained with all the colours of the rainbow, and they made the streets lively on the way home.

Matthew Blair
The Paisley shawl and the men who produced it, 1907

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