Clan Pais­ley back in town

Fam­i­lies share same sur­name

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lynsey.gair@reach­ kirsteen.brown@trin­i­tymir­ 0141 309 4312 Clan Pais­ley mem­bers from around the globe gath­ered to cel­e­brate their her­itage.

The so­ci­ety brought rel­a­tives home to mark its found­ing 30 years ago.

Vis­i­tors share a sur­name with the town and can trace their roots back hun­dreds of years.

Baron Dun­can of Wester­lea is clan chief and joined the an­niver­sary events at Pais­ley Abbey.

He said: “The Pais­leys are a large mer­chant fam­ily of con­sid­er­able an­tiq­uity with their roots firmly es­tab­lished in Ren­frew­shire be­fore the turn of the 12th Cen­tury.

“The ori­gin of the Pais­leys is ter­ri­to­rial; from the town, barony and great abbey which bears this fa­mil­iar name.

“Like so many fam­i­lies from this re­gion, the Pais­leys were heav­ily in­volved in the weav­ing trade both at home and abroad, with par­tic­u­lar trade in­ter­ests in the West Indies.

“Mem­ber­ship and sup­port of the So­ci­ety ex­ceeds 1,200 world­wide.

“It is rep­re­sented through four branches in the USA, over­seen by an ap­pointed com­mis­sione, and has a branch in Canada, Aus­tralia and New Zealand. “Gath­er­ings take place twice yearly. “The so­ci­ety is in­volved in sev­eral mer­chant projects, in­clud­ing Golden Pithari Olive Oil from the Pais­ley Grove, in the Pelo­pon­nese, and Pais­ley Wines, in Aus­tralia.”

Around 100 mem­bers bear­ing the sur­name Pais­ley met for a spe­cial ser­vice in the Abbey.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil also held a £3,000 civic re­cep­tion for the so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing a three-course lunch, in the town hall.

They were joined by Lord Lieu­tenant of Ren­frew­shire Guy Clark, MPs, MSPs and guests.

The so­ci­ety has a fam­ily mu­seum com­pris­ing a most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of por­traits, prints, let­ters and ge­nealog­i­cal records.

It has built up its cache of ge­nealog­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal data since it was founded three decades ago.

Mem­bers re­search­ing fam­ily his­tory can ac­cess the data­base.

Clan Pais­ley built up a power­base in Lochwin­noch and Pais­ley in the time of Wil­liam I, King of Scots.

It can trace its his­tory in the re­gion back to 1165.

Provost Lor­raine Cameron said: “I was pleased to host Clan Pais­ley as they cel­e­brated their an­niver­sary and was proud to meet so many peo­ple pas­sion­ate about the town.

“They are very ac­tive in con­nect­ing Pais­ley’s in­ter­na­tional di­as­pora and there were guests from across the world, in­clud­ing from Ar­gentina, Ro­ma­nia, France and Greece.

“Just like Clan Pais­ley, we want to cel­e­brate Ren­frew­shire’s rich her­itage and make the most of what Pais ley has to of­fer to at­tract more vis­i­tors to visit the lo­cal area.”

■■■■ ken­neth.ken­neth.speirs@speirs@reach­plc.trin­i­tymir­­com ■■■■ ■■■■­bell01@camp­bell01@reach­plc..trin­i­tymir­­com■■ Home­com­ing Provost Lor­raine Cameron joins Clan Pais­ley out­side the town hall

Fam­ily af­fair Around 90 Clan Pais­ley mem­bers gath­ered

Great day Inez, Sandy, Sheila, Han­nah and Laura Pais­ley at the event Fly the flag Clan chiefs have ban­ners blessed by Rev­erend Birss at Pais­ley Abbey

Cheers Becky, Ter­ence and Mar­garet Pais­ley raise a glass dur­ing the civic re­cep­tion

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