Wills and Testaments in Scotland, 1902 to 1925 Go Online

From inmates of poorhouses to owners of mansions – a fascinating portrait of Scottish life during the early 20th Century and a major new family history resource


A colourful picture of life in Scotland in the early 20th Century is revealed today, with the release of the Wills and Testaments from 1902 to 1925 by the National Records of Scotland on the ScotlandsPeople website.

scotlandspeople_logoThe new records, 392,595 in total, document the last wishes of 267,548 individuals who lived and died in Scotland during this period. The collection also includes the wills of Scots who died outside Scotland, but still had assets in the country. As inventories of moveable estate (savings, cash, furniture, stock, etc) are also included, you can discover the fine details of people’s worldly possessions in this era.

People from all social classes are included in the records – from famous industrialists and philanthropists such as Andrew Carnegie and George Coats, to the impoverished inmates of the nation’s poorhouses. With more than 35 millionaires included in the records, you can learn how the members of this Scottish ‘Rich List’ ultimately chose to divide up their wealth. Conversely, simpler and cheaper procedures for recording wills meant that estates below £500 were also included.

The records also highlight the effects of major historical events on people’s lives, with the wills of World War One soldiers, suffragettes and people who perished on the Titanic and Lusitania included in the collection. In addition to helping general historians with their research, the new records will also be invaluable to genealogists, who can use these documents to learn more about family relationships as well as the close friendships that their ancestors enjoyed.

Audrey Robertson, Acting Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

“We’re proud to be marking the tenth anniversary of ScotlandsPeople by creating a major enhancement of our popular resource for Scottish family history. The 400,000 additional testament entries from 1902 to 1925 will open up exciting new avenues for people in search of their Scottish ancestry.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“ScotlandsPeople is a wonderful gateway to Scotland’s wealth of archives that tell the story of our nation and its people. These wills and testaments offer a compelling and moving insight into the lives of Scots a century ago and provide a powerful connection to our past. I welcome the addition of so many more wills to the digital resources that can be enjoyed by the people of Scotland, and people of Scottish descent everywhere.”

The Wills and Testaments are available on the ScotlandsPeople website ( and at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh. These new online records will be interesting both to people in Scotland and to the Scottish diaspora across the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Sir William Arrol from Renfrewshire is even listed in the search.

  •  Sir William Arrol (1839-1913), Engineer – Ayr/Renfrewshire

To find out more about the Wills and Testaments in Scotland, 1902 to 1925 please click here.


Paisley Events – Buddy Beat

Buddy Beat are hosting a Rod Stewart Tribute Night on Friday 17th November at the Beechwood Community Centre in Shortroods.

Acts include:

  • Rod Stewart Tribute Act
  • Nicola Boyle School of Highland Dance
  • Awa Goubiaby of Glasgow African Dance
  • The Buddy Beat

Tickets are on sale at only £7.00 or 2 for £10.00. Tickets can be bought from Lee’s Diner within the Paisley Shopping Centre or Email

Money raised goes to Buddy Beat to continue to help more people


Weaving Musical Threads at the Paisley Mill Museum

Musical Mills – a Celebration

Musical Mills, held at the Thread Mill Museum on Saturday 3 November and compered by Tracy Patrick and Dave Manderson, hosted a packed programme of poetry and words, music, art and heritage – raising awareness of the industrial heritage and the Museum that charts the thread industry. The Museum was full as all ages were entertained for the afternoon, including archive footage playing on the screen.

Premieres galore filled the day. Sandy Stoddart’s maquette of the William Gallacher Monument graced the venue, with the young, elegant Mill Girl seated by Willie Gallacher – Paisley’s man of conscience who was ‘admired for his honesty, humanity, humour and selfless devotion to principle’. Donations are welcome to make this sculpture a reality on the High Street!

The inspiration of the Mill Girl Poets had resulted in a song commission by Weaving Musical Threads (WMT) from Anna MacDonald –  the very artiste who sang over the rooftops of Paisley from the Observatory balcony during the WMT festival in March – ‘Looking back down, History’s fine thread….the Mill Girls the most radical of all’. Anna especially travelled up from London to be with us and premiere her song.

We heard words of poetry with three of the Mill Girl Poets (Tracy Patrick, Mo Blake and Kathryn Daly) appearing from all parts of the Museum reciting their work, such as ‘Half Timer’s School’, ‘Anchor Mill Strike 1907’, ‘May 1904’, ‘Open the Gates’, ‘A Streak of Gallus’ and ‘Anchor Mill’. Renowned local writers and prize winners also entertained – Dave Manderson, Graham Fulton, Ray Evans, G W Colkitto and (recently launched from the Titan Crane, from our sunny Glasgow suburb) the writer of working life, Brian Whittingham.

The WMT clay sculpture and panel was revealed for the first time – a legacy from Karen James’s clay workshop when in March the audience and participants of the WMT festival made their marks in clay.

There was a Gerry Rafferty theme, as Pauline Vallance, solo artiste who launched a beautiful new CD the night before and of Lochwinnoch Arts Festival, performed ‘Whatever’s Written In Your Heart’ on clarsach. Could this have been a world’s first?

Jim Gilbert, one half of ‘Wing and a Prayer’ and a once close friend of Danny Kyle, also paid tribute to the Paisley buddie.

We were delighted to welcome the Leader of the Council, Mark MacMillan, who pledged his support for the upcoming collaborative work with the Mill Girl Poets, Weaving Musical Threads and Renfrewshire Council, to take heritage work into the local schools.

Our hosts, the Thread Mill Museum, we gratefully thank, as well as Create for their sound and recording assistance.

The day was supported by the University of the West of Scotland, The Co-operative Membership and Weaving Musical Threads.

All Paisley Photographs taken by Tracey Clements for

Paisley MOD 2013

Paisley Events – Scotland Sings

The Gaelic flagship event of the Scotland Sings weekend, which celebrates the joy of singing across Scotland! Come and enjoy an evening of the special music of the Gaels in the historic setting of Paisley Abbey.

Hosted by renowned Gaelic broadcaster Iain Mac’ille Mhìcheil and featuring Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir, Govan Gaelic Choir and Largs Gaelic Choir with very special guests the Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choral Association. This is sure to be a very special evening as Paisley kicks off the celebrations as host town of the Royal National Mòd.


Paisley Abbey


Saturday 1 December 2012




£10 (£8 concession)

Buy tickets:

Print & Copy IT,
61 High Street,
Call: 07535514385

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Flight Path Fund speeches at Renfrew Town Hall

Glasgow Airport supports eco project for local primary schools


A unique project which encourages youngsters to respect and care for the environment has received £11,000 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.


The Tree Amigos project will educate 150 pupils from five primary schools in communities around the airport about a range of issues including climate change and carbon footprints.


Flight Path Fund speeches at Renfrew Town HallGlasgow Airport has now supported the project, which was created by Trees4Scotland, through its FlightPath Fund for three years.


Angus Crabbie, who founded Trees4Scotland in 2008, received the cheque from Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, and Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, at an event in Renfrew Town Hall to celebrate the success of the Fund, which was launched in 2010.


Angus will continue to work with the schools that have been involved in the project over the last 12 months, providing an opportunity to enhance the pupils’ understanding of the environment and issues like climate change.


They are Killermont Primary, Bearsden, Our Holy Redeemer Primary, Clydebank, Whitecrook Primary, Clydebank, St Claire’s Primary, Drumchapel, and Rashielea Primary, Erskine.


The first phase of the programme sees Angus visit each school for an introductory workshop, at which they discuss a range of issues and the importance of taking an active interest in protecting the environment.


Each pupil receives an information pack and the schools work through a series of mini projects in their own time to build up the pupils’ knowledge. It culminates in a field trip to Teaghlach Wood in Perthshire, where each school plants 75 trees.


Angus Crabbie said: “The support of Glasgow Airport has been invaluable in getting the Tree Amigos project off the ground. We have now had more than 1,000 children take part and it has been so successful that parts of it have been integrated into the Curriculum for Excellence.


Archie Hunter said: “Tree Amigos is a fantastic idea and it is exactly the type of project we are keen to support through the FlightPath Fund. It is innovative and constantly evolving, with tangible benefits for the communities around the airport. The focus is both educational and environmental, and the importance of teaching our younger generations about nature cannot be overstated.”


Amanda McMillan said: “As one of the largest businesses and employers in the West of Scotland it is important that we take our responsibility seriously by supporting the communities we serve. Since the FlightPath Fund was established in 2010 it has grown in stature and continues to attract an increasing number and diverse range of applications from community groups and charities.”

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Part of the latest section of the navy’s new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth passing under the Erskine Bridge on Sunday the 4th November at approx. 1.45 PM. Photograph was taken by John MacIntyre who kindly let us use the photograph below.

Text from the BBC website


An 11,000-tonne section of aircraft carrier has set off on its journey from its construction site on the Clyde to Fife.

The largest hull section of HMS Queen Elizabeth left BAE’s shipbuilding hall at Govan three weeks ago and was loaded on to a huge sea going barge.

Bad weather had held up the latest leg of the journey.

It is expected to take between seven and nine days to make it round the coast to the Rosyth dockyard.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the Royal Navy’s largest ever warship.

Six shipyards around the UK are involved in building various parts of the ship, which are being assembled in Fife.

The vessel will not be finished until 2016 at the earliest, and may not be ready for active service until 2020, when she will be based in Portsmouth.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Our next generation of aircraft carriers is on track with HMS Queen Elizabeth due to begin sea trials in 2017, and flight trials from her deck using our Lightning II fast jets in 2018.

“We are regenerating our carrier strike capability with the largest aircraft carriers Britain has ever had and fifth-generation stealth jets.

“Scotland has a world class shipbuilding industry that has benefited to the tune of around £1.3bn from the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers. More than 2,000 people work on the carriers at Rosyth, with a further 2,000 on the Clyde.”

The Royal Navy is expected to have no aircraft carriers between 2014, when HMS Illustrious is taken out of service, and 2016, when HMS Queen Elizabeth is completed.

The government decided to retire the HMS Ark Royal and its fleet of Harrier jump jets in 2011, five years early.

Ark Royal was recently sold for scrap by the Ministry of Defence, following its sister ship HMS Invincible.

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bazinga comics paisley

Bazinga Comics Opening Paisley was on hand to take photographs of the opening of the brilliantly named Bazinga Comic store inside the Paisley Shopping Centre’s ‘In Shops’. Tracey Clements from took all the photographs which included some of the staff dressed up as Yoda, Catwoman and Robin was there too. Not only that but MSP George Adam turned up to lend his support to the new store.

Superheroes, Villains, Comics, Collectables

Bazinga Comics located at Unit 30 of the in shops in the Paisley Shopping Centre, will bring a new lease of life to an empty shop unit. All the latest comic books, branded t-shirts and collectables such as trading cards and replica models will be on offer at the new shop.

Bazinga---Grand-OpeningGuest appearances from superheroes as well as competitions and a raffle to get involved in. With a wide range of comics with a variety of age and theme, there will be something for all ages at Bazinga Comics. The shop will be open from 9am and owner Muz Fraser expects a busy day as the town centre will be busy with the councils Firework Spooktacular.

Muz said “The nearest proper comic store is in Glasgow ,so why have the people of Paisley travel when they can spend money and time in their own town and reinvigorate it” He is a massive comic book fan and got into comics back in 1997. He has put a lot of work into the shop and is extremely thankful for all the support his family and friends have given him .

Lorna manager of neighbouring Helen’s Haberdashery said “Paisley now seems to moving in the right direction with new bars and restaurants opening in Shuttle Street, and new shops opening up in shops that have been empty for far too long, and now we have a brilliant Graphic novel store opening – exciting times”

Contact: Ian William James Findlay

ian @one-

paisley museum exhibition

A special exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas. The history of picture book illustration: ‘Magic in the Nursery’

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane (1845-1915) and Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886). Their colourful and fanciful images for children are acknowledged as the breakthrough in a modern sensibility towards children and their pictures books.

Together with Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) they created images for children – and adults who read to them – that have more than stood the test of time and this touring exhibition which opens at Paisley Museum on 9 November, celebrating their importance and success, is a selection from their nursery books published in the 1870s and 1880s.

Walter Crane was the first of the trio to illustrate nursery books and his style, if sometimes a little formal, was nonetheless the first breath of fresh air in a new look for picture books. In succession of Crane, Caldecott instantly showed a lighter, more intuitive drawing style which animated the page with lively observations of people and animals in action. Greenaway’s drawing style differed again, with her popular vision of an ideal childhood, where children most resemble ‘little adults’, is as successful today as it was to the late Victorians.

The exhibition, however, is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters. Rhymes and music have been central to the child’s intellectual and aesthetic development and the pictures in the exhibition, interpreting as they are well known and less well known nursery rhymes and jingles, encourage a re-engagement with this effective means of storytelling and the education of the very young.

(All photographs taken for by Tracey Clements)

In addition to ‘Magic in the Nursery’, we will be running drop in art activities for children, each Saturday from 12pm – 3pm for the duration of the exhibition.
So, why not come along and see the show! Children will be enthralled, parents inspired and grandparents invigorated by these images from childhood!

Magic in the Nursery will be on display at Paisley Museum from Friday 9 November – Sunday 6 January. Entry to this exhibition costs £2, and it is FREE to under 16’s.

Press are invited to a photo call opportunity on Friday 2 November at 11am within Paisley Museum to meet the curator of the exhibition, Dr Leo John De Freitas and view the works which will be going on display.

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Paisley Fireworks display 2012

Anchor Mill Studio were on hand to take some photographs of the build up to Saturdays Fireworks Display in Paisley, as you will see it was a fantastic day all round, well done to everyone involved. would like to announce our new partnership with Anchor Mill Studio. This partnership comes out of the Positive Paisley workshop that we took part in last week as part of the #positivepaisley Day in which over 2005 individual people took part in a 24 hour long promotion of the town.

Anchor Mill Studio also promotes new photography talent.  They took some of their team to the Fireworks Display in town to showcase the wonderful fireworks event which took place.

You can find out more about Anchor Mill Studio by visiting their Facebook page here.

paisley photographs paisley fireworks

Paisley Photographs of the Paisley Fireworks were also positioned at various parts of the town with one of our photographers Alex Kyle being positioned just behind the cenotaph with a great view of the Town Hall and the fireworks, here are Alex’s photographs of the evening. There are a lot more photographs to come keep coming back or check our Facebook page or Twitter page for updates.

All photographs below are taken by Alex Kyle of 

Thanks also to Paisley Skate for accommodating one our photographers yesterday. Click here for their Facebook Page.

paisley fireworks
Anchor Mill Studio were on hand to take some photographs of the build up to Saturday’s Fireworks Display in Paisley, as you will see it was a fantastic day all round, well done to everyone involved. would like to announce our new partnership with Anchor Mill Studio. This partnership comes out of the Positive Paisley workshop that we took part in last week as part of the #positivepaisley Day in which over 2005 individual people took part in a 24 hour long promotion of the town.
Anchor Mill Studio also promotes new photography talent. They took some of their team to the Fireworks Display in town to showcase the wonderful fireworks event which took place.

Below are some of the photographs they took from Saucelhill showing Paisley Abbey, Paisley Town Hall and also the Anchor Mill in the centre of the photographs, stunning I am sure you will agree..

You can find out more about Anchor Mill Studio by visiting their Facebook page here.


Here is a video of the Paisley fireworks almost in its entirety shot from right next to the Cenotaph. The video was shot on an Iphone so apologies about the slight shakiness of it but it was fairly cold.

If you have any video or photographs you would like to see on the website or our Facebook pages please send them in to full credit will be given.