Stephen Clancy, The Urban Historian launches new Heritage Walks in Paisley for the winter Season, along with new Genealogy and history Talks.

The walks entitled “A Taste of Paisley” begin with lunch at Allan’s Snack Bar on Storie Street, and then look at an aspect of Paisley’s history as we walk through the town. This Saturdays walk focuses on the architectural merits of the town through its buildings and monuments.

Heritage Walks are being run on a fortnightly basis on Saturday afternoons, beginning this Saturday while there are also frequent Sunday afternoon walks.

In addition to the walks, a series of Genealogy Talks called “Searching for your ancestors” the series of talks is aimed at the beginner, wanting to start researching their ancestry. Talks will include sessions on Scotland’s Old Parish Registers, Birth Marriage & Death records from 1855 and other major sources of information. Their will also be sessions on English & Irish Records. Searching for your Ancestors begins on Monday 2nd September at 7-9pm in the Mile End Mill, and meets every two weeks for eight sessions.

The popular History Talks also return with the first talk on The Pollock Witches. Other topics include Coats & Clarks: The early years, Paisley Shipbuilding, and talks on other local villages. The history talks are held in the Mile End Mill, fortnightly from the 11th September, 7-9pm again in the Mile End Mill.

Stephen Clancy started his interest in the history of Paisley and Renfrewshire at a young age and had been involved in the history and archaeology of Paisley and Renfrewshire since he graduated from Glasgow University in 1996.

He has been an active member of the Renfrewshire Local History Forum, and its Archaeology Section since 1995 and has taken part in and led excavations within the county. Over the past 10 years Stephen has been teaching local history & and archaeology courses at the University of the West of Scotland, and over the past 3 years as Renfrewshire History.

The rebranding to The Urban Historian signified a move to looking at other areas in Scotland, while concentrating on the local area. Stephen is a former Trustee of the Stewartry Archaeological Trust in Dumfries and Galloway, along with being a volunteer with Paisley Thread Mill Museum and former Vice-President of the Renfrewshire Local History Forum.

Full details of the Urban Historian’s Walks, Talks and Genealogy Sessions are available at and can also be found on Facebook.

Walks cost £12 for the Taste of Paisley sessions or £6 for regular walks. History Talks are £6. Searching for your Ancestors is £100 for the series or £15 per talk.


By Events Reporter

Staff reporter writes about events coming up in Renfrewshire.