COM­MEM­O­RATED

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In Pais­ley, a me­mo­rial on the banks of the River Cart at the Ham­mills wa­ter­fall and a statue in the grounds of Pais­ley Abbey, com­mem­o­rate Wil­son’s con­nec­tion to his home city. The me­mo­rial is in­scribed ‘Re­mem­ber Alexan­der Wil­son 1766 - 1813. Here was his boy­hood play­ground.’ De­spite those early years in Scot­land, it was Amer­ica where he found his true call­ing and his ‘rai­son d’être’. Wil­son’s con­nec­tion with the town is be­ing com­mem­o­rated this year by the in­stal­la­tion of a His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land plaque on the out­side of Pais­ley Arts Cen­tre, to mark the place where he was bap­tised. Items in the Alexan­der Wil­son col­lec­tion have been digi­tised and are avail­able to view in the Her­itage Cen­tre cur­rently at Pais­ley Cen­tral Li­brary. Pais­ley Mu­seum is ear­marked for a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment and ex­ten­sion. Vis­i­tors will be able to con­tinue to get ac­cess to select items via a Mu­seum on the Move pro­ject. For more in­for­ma­tion on Pais­ley Mu­seum, visit ren­frew­shireleisure.com or tel: 0300 300 1210.

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