Tannahill’s Cottage

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11 Queen Street
Paisley
PA1 2TT

Opening times
External viewing only

Cost
Free

Getting there
Various services from McGill’s Buses to a bus stop 100 metres away on Broomlands Street. Paisley Gilmour Street Station is approx 1 mile away.

Accessibility
Ground floor access

 

 

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

This cottage built by Tannahill’s father is now home to the Paisley Burns Club – founded in 1805 and 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 stands 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.

The bard who loved the Braes

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