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About Paisley

With a population of nearly 100,000 Paisley sits on the River Cart, 8 miles south west of Glasgow. Its traditional industries of thread-making, engineering and food processing have ceased. The dominant employers in the area now are educational establishments like Paisley University (now University of West of Scotland) and Reid Kerr College (now West College Scotland ), and the ever-growing Glasgow Airport, located right on Paisley's doorstep. Paisley grew from a small hamlet in the 17th century to a sizeable town in the 19th , driven by the weaving trade. The famous Paisley shawl was a world renowned product made by weavers in cottages exactly like the one where Robert Tannahill  ( the founder and first secretary of  Paisley Burns Club) lived and worked. The cottage is today owned by the club and is used for its regular monthly meetings.

For more information on some aspects of the town, click on the links below

Paisley Abbey

Paisley's Football Club

Paisley's University