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email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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@email@example.com ■■■■ ■■■■ david.david.campbell01@campbell01@reachplc..trinitymirror.comcom■■ 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