Paisley historian Ellen Farmer MBE – who devoted much of her to improving the town she loved so much – has passed away.

Former mill girl Ellen, 74, died on Friday night and tributes to the woman who “had Paisley in her heart” have poured in.

Ellen Farmer inside the Sma Shot CottagesShe was a well-known face in the town and was a tireless campaigner with Sma’ Shot Cottages and the Thread Mill Museum, and also started Paisley Development Association, which became the Trust (PDT).

In 2004, Ellen, who was president of the Old Paisley Society, was awarded the Fellowship of the University of Paisley for helping to preserve the town’s illustrious heritage, seven years after receiving the MBE from the Queen for services to the town’s history.

To read more please visit the Paisley Daily Express website, where you can read the rest of the article written by Lynn Jolly.. Click here…




Events planned to mark death of poet Tannahill: BBC link

A Scottish poet who killed himself after being rejected by a publisher is to be remembered on the 200th anniversary of his death.
Robert Tannahill, also known as the Weaver Poet, was once viewed as being almost comparable to Burns.
The centenary of his death saw 15,000 people head to Paisley’s Gleniffer Braes, one of his favourite spots, to listen to his songs. It is hoped that Paisley buddies and poetry lovers will again turn out in force to pay tribute to the poet.
New CDs of Tannahill’s work are being released, concerts are being put on and a series of events will take place in May, including walks, talks and a play.
Tannahill was born in 1774 to a weaving family but showed a talent for writing poetry. His song Braes o’ Balquhidder is thought to be the basis for the famous folk song Wild Mountain Thyme.
Valerie Reilly, from Paisley Museum, said Tannahill was inspired by the beauty of nature. read more ..

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