The Sunday Telegraph
The town near Glasgow – but never of it
SIR – I doubt if Andrew Neil would be any more happy than myself to read that he “grew up on the edge of Glasgow” (Features, June 13). In fact he grew up in Paisley, the largest town (though without city status) in Scotland, and distinct from Glasgow.
Paisley was important from early medieval times, and especially so with the foundation by Walter FitzAlan – founder also of the royal Stewart dynasty – of Paisley Abbey, which owned vast lands and wealth in south-west Scotland in preReformation times. It also achieved great importance with textile manufacturing early in the Industrial Revolution (Paisley shawls, Paisley pattern) and was the world’s leading producer of cotton sewing thread (Coats and Clark families) until the late 20th century. These and a few other families went by the name of “Paisley Buddies”.