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Welcome to the
The Urban Historian

The Urban Historian is a Heritage Consultant and Educator located in the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Paisley Canal at Stow Brae/ Causeyside Street
Paisley Canal at Stow Brae/ Causeyside Street
Causeyside St at Forbes Place
Causeyside St at Forbes Place
Paisley 1689

Through offerings such as guided walks focused on local history and architecture, public lectures exploring the area’s past, and informal gatherings discussing historical topics, The Urban Historian aims to sustain engagement with and expand knowledge of Paisley and Renfrewshire’s abundant cultural legacy.

About

The Urban Historian

The Urban Historian promotes the rich history of Paisley and the old County of Renfrew. With records dating back to Walter Fitz Alan’s arrival in Renfrewshire and founding of Paisley Priory in 1163, Paisley and the County played a major role in the formation of modern Scotland. Walter’s descendants married into the Bruce family, and his son by Marjory Bruce established the Stewart Dynasty. Paisley Abbey became one of the wealthiest churches in Scotland, behind only Arbroath Abbey and St Andrews Cathedral. The Fitz Alans, Stewarts, and other prominent Paisley and Renfrewshire families were pivotal in Scotland’s growth.

Services

Local History Talks

Heritage Walking Tours

History Cafes

Renfrewshire Ancestors Genealogy

SJCResearch Heritage Consultancy


Latest History Articles


Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal
History

Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal

The 31st October 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal. The initial…

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Annan to Paisley: The Carlile family of Paisley
Blog History

Annan to Paisley: The Carlile family of Paisley

Over the last 8 to 10 years a lot of my research has focused on the introduction of fine Linen…

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Situation and Surrounding of Paisley Abbey
Blog History

Situation and Surrounding of Paisley Abbey

Let us recall the beautiful situation and surroundings of the abbey in the palmy days of the Abbots. The river…

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