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Paisley Abbey An evening with Alexander McCall Smith

Thursday 29 November at 7.30 pm
in the Abbey

alexander-mccallTickets £10 (to include glass of wine/soft drink)
from Paisley Abbey Shop or by phone 0141 889 7654

An hour in the company of Alexander McCall Smith is an hour of sheer delight. The creator of the much-loved Precious Ramotswe and The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is one of the world’s favourite authors.  He is delighted to visit Paisley Abbey as part of the 850th anniversary celebrations. Join him as he talks about his life and work and introduces a new, stand alone novel  – Trains and Lovers: The Heart’s Journey.

www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

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PAISLEY ABBEY

SATURDAY RECITALS

at 12.30pm

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(Asst Carlisle Cathedral)
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22 December Lawrence Gargan (trumpet)
George McPhee (organ)

Tickets £5 on sale at the door

www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

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Views of Paisley available to buy now in 2013 Calendar

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums are delighted to announce that the new calendar, ‘A Tale of Two Decades’, is now on sale.

This fascinating calendar showcases a selection of nostalgic photographs of Paisley, dating from 1960 to 1979. Featuring well-known locations such as the Town Hall, Paisley Abbey and The Watermill Hotel, this year’s calendar is sure to evoke memories for locals who lived in the town during or around that period.

Each of the photographs originate from the archive collection held at Paisley Museum. This collection comprises of over 20,000 historical images dating from the 1850’s up to the present day and features pictures relating to Paisley and other parts of Renfrewshire.

Earlier in the year, when preparations for the 2013 calendar first began, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums enlisted the help of their Facebook followers to help shortlist the huge selection of pictures we had to choose from. As a result, the image of the Christmas Lights over the River Cart from 1979 emerged as the clear favourite and the perfect choice for the front cover of the calendar.

The archive collections are available to view in either Paisley Museum or Paisley Central Library. Copies of images from the historical photographic collection are available on request. A range of postcards and prints are also available to buy from the Museum shop.

A Tale of Two Decades’ is available to buy from Paisley Museum and Paisley Arts Centre now, priced £7.99. www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

HRH The Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal to attend service to mark 850th Anniversary of Paisley Abbey

On Monday 15 October, HRH The Princess Royal is to attend a service at Paisley Abbey to mark the beginning of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary year.
Following the service, which will feature music especially composed for the event by the Abbey’s Director of Music, Dr. George McPhee, Her Royal Highness will meet members of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary organising committee, unveil a plaque commemorating the visit and receive a gift from 8-year old Stephen Chalk on behalf of the Abbey congregation.

HRH The Princess RoyalAdmission to the service is by invitation and, as well as members of the Abbey congregation, representatives from other churches in the town and the community of Paisley will be present.

Reverend Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey said: “It will be an honour to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Paisley Abbey for one of the most auspicious occasions in our year of celebration to mark the Abbey’s 850th Anniversary.

“Paisley Abbey has been at the centre of the town’s history and is an architectural landmark for the town and a spiritual focus for the community. Times have changed but the Abbey’s mission has remained unchanged. The events which will take place over the coming months will remind us all of that enduring legacy.”

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163 when Walter Fitzalan, the High Steward of Scotland, signed a charter establishing a ‘house of devotion’ on his lands of Paisley. That ‘house of devotion’ became one of the foremost Cluniac Abbeys in Europe. Religious and secular history are interwoven in the Abbey’s story with Robert II, the first Stewart king, being born here and Princess Marjory Bruce (daughter of Robert the Bruce and mother of Robert II) and Robert III buried here.
After the Reformation the Abbey church continued to serve as a place of worship for the people of Paisley and today is a vibrant parish church of the Church of Scotland.

Details of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary events, which run from 15 September (St. Mirin’s Day) 2012 to 15 September 2013 can be found on the website www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

The service on Monday October 15 will begin at 1.30pm

Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain

Paisley Abbey Concert Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain

Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain entertained a full house in Paisley Abbey last night with their usual brand of humour and excellent music. Having only just returned from a flying visit to Canada they were in good form despite admitting to some jetlag!

Phil Cunningham and Aly BainThey gave a virtuoso performance of a variety of music old and new, one tune written by Aly as a Christening gift for a baby in Shetland and another by Phil for a friend’s birthday. The music were interspersed with stories about their exploits during 25 years of travelling and playing together, including the occasion when Phil’s fingers were trapped in a car door on last year’s tour, resulting in a broken pinkie!

Make sure you don’t miss a great night of entertainment when they make their return visit next year.

Find out more about Phil and Aly by visiting their website here. www.philandaly.com

Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163 as a Cluniac Monastery, Paisley Abbey retains its medieval nave with transepts and choir restored in 19th and 20th Centuries. It has Royal Tombs, fine woodcarving and beautiful 19th and 20th century Stained Glass Windows. Visitors can also view the sacristy exhibition and visit the abbey gift and coffee shop.

Paisley Abbey History: It is believed that Saint Mirin (or Saint Mirren) founded a community on this site in 7th century. Some time after his death a shrine to the Saint was established becoming a popular site of pilgrimage and veneration. The name Paisley may derive from the Brythonic Passeleg, ‘basilica’ (derived from the Greek), i.e. ‘major church’, recalling an early, though undocumented, ecclesiastical importance.

In 1163 Walter FitzAlan, the first High Steward of Scotland, issued a charter for a priory to be set up on land owned by him in Paisley, dedicated to Saints Mary, James, Mirin and Milburga.

Around 13 monks came from the Cluniac priory at Much Wenlock in Shropshire to found the community. Paisley grew so rapidly that it was raised to the status of Abbey in 1219. In 1307, Edward I of England had the Abbey burned down, however it was rebuilt later in the 14th century. William Wallace, born in nearby Elderslie is widely believed to have been educated in the Abbey for some time as a boy.
In 1316 Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I of Scotland and wife of Walter Stewart, the sixth High Steward of Scotland, was out riding near the Abbey. Heavily pregnant at the time, she fell from her horse and was taken to Paisley Abbey where she gave birth to King Robert II. However, Marjorie Bruce died and is buried at the Abbey. In the Abbey itself there are signs which indicate that Marjorie’s baby was cut out of her womb, a caesarean delivery long before anaesthesia was available.

A cairn, at the junction of Dundonald Road and Renfrew Road, approximately one mile to the north of the Abbey, marks the spot where she reputedly fell from her horse.
A succession of fires and the collapse of the tower in the 15th and 16th centuries left the building in a partially ruined state. Although the western section was still used for worship, the eastern section was widely plundered for its stone. Between 1858 and 1928 the north porch and the eastern choir were reconstructed on the remains of the ruined walls by the architect Macgregor Chalmers. After his death, work on the choir was completed by Sir Robert Lorimer.

Monks from Paisley founded Crossraguel Abbey in Carrick, Ayrshire, in 1244.

Media: You can find photographs and video on the Paisley Photographs website