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Inside Paisley Abbey Scotland

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

This morning I visited nearby Paisley.

I always find the Abbey a fascinating building to visit but it does not normally attract high numbers of tourists which is unfortunate because it is a very old site with history dating back to 1163.

The original priory became an Abbey answerable to Rome in 1245 and was dedicated to St. Mary, St. James, St. Mirin and St Milburga.

Paisley Abbey has played a role in Scotland's turbulent history including Royal power struggles, destruction by fire and collapse of the tower. Following re-roofing and re-building the Abbey was re-dedicated in 1928.

Buried in the Abbey are six High Stewards of Scotland, Marjory Bruce, King Robert II's wives and King Robert III.

Tucked away in a corner in the 10th century Barochan Cross.

This building is surely the equal of the historic cathedrals in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


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Paisley Abbey Scotland

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This evening I am presenting some video clips of my visit this morning to Paisley Abbey, near Glasgow.

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163, initially as a Priory, but became an abbey answerable to Rome in 1245 and was dedicated to St.Mary, St. James, St. Mirin and St. Milburga. It is believed that William Wallace ('Braveheart') was educated at the Abbey. The building has had a chequered history:

  • Burned by the English in 1307 and subsequently restored.
  • Damaged by accidental fire in 1498 and restored.
  • Tower collapsed in 1553 leaving part of the building open to elements for 350 years.
  • Restored 1858-62.
  • Re-roofed 1890-1907.
  • Re-dedicated 1928.
Buried in the Abbey are six High Stewards, Marjory Bruce, King Robert II's wives and King Robert III.

This is a very impressive building and well worth visiting.


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