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Bradshaw’s Guide


Paisley is a thriving seat of the cotton trade, with a population of 47,406, who return one member, and contains remains of a Norman priory, founded in 1164, by the ancestor of the Stuart line (who emigrated from Shropshire), large Town Hall, &c. On the castle site quarries of coal, stone, iron, &c., an alum work at Hurlet, and various old seats, as Stanley Castle, with its pillar cross, Carndonald, Cochrane, and Elderslie, which was Wallace’s birthplace. The basalt rocks at the braes of Gleniffer are 760 feet high. Professor Wilson, the “Christopher North” of Blackwood’s Magazine, and Tannahill the poet, were natives.

The ruins of the palace are worth a visit. In the vicinity are Hawkshead, Earl of Glasgow; Horsehill, T. Spiers, Esq.; Railston, J. Richardson, Esq.; Crookstone (where Queen Mary visited Darnley); Oakshaw Head, and Stewart’s Raiss.

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