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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:52 pm    Post subject: Paisley Abbey Reply with quote

Paisley Abbey, Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG

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Paisley Abbey was founded when Walter Fitzalan, the High Steward of Scotland, signed a charter at Fotheringay for the founding of a Cluniac monastery on land he owned in Renfrewshire, approximately seven miles from Glasgow.
Thirteen monks came from Much Wenlock in Shropshire to set up the priory on the site of an old Celtic church founded by St. Mirin in the 6th century. In 1245, the priory was raised to the status of an Abbey, answerable only to the pope in Rome. The Abbey was dedicated to St. Mary, St. James, St. Mirin (the 'local' saint who had first brought Christianity to this part of Scotland in the sixth century) and St. Milburga (the 'local' saint of Wenlock).
Under royal patronage, the Abbey became wealthy and influential and evidence exists of extensive trade between Paisley Abbey and commercial centres throughout Europe. The Abbey was also a centre of learning and it is believed that William Wallace, who played a prominent part in the Wars of Independence in the 13th century, was educated by the monks of Paisley Abbey.
Cradle of the Royal House of Stewart
Much of the original building was destroyed by fire in 1307 and restored during the fourteenth Century. The sixth High Steward, Walter, married Marjory Bruce, the daughter of the famous Scottish king Robert the Bruce (who had defeated an English army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314) in 1315. In the following year, Marjory died at the Abbey following a tragic riding accident nearby, but the baby in her womb was saved and he became King Robert II of Scotland, the first of the Stewart monarchs. For that reason, the Abbey claims to be the 'cradle of the Royal House of Stewart.' Our present Queen is descended from him. In fact, the Abbey is the final resting place of six High Stewards of Scotland, Princess Marjory Bruce, the wives of King Robert II and King Robert III for whose tomb, Queen Victoria provided a canopy in 1888 (shown above). www.paisleyabbey.org.uk
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Many thanks to James Meikle Smith for the Photograph.
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1914 1919
TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THE CONGREGATION
OF THE ABBEY WHO DIED DIED FOR FREEDOM
1939 1945
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The following Memorial is housed within the Abbey.

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Name: BUCHANAN, AS
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Date of Death: 15/2/1919
Grave Reference: 7.706
Cemetery: Edinburgh (Dean or Western Cemetery)

Arthur Buchanan was working for the Argentine Central Railway when war broke out. He died of pneumonia. https://www.fcbap.ca/railways/volunteers.htm

Also named on Paisley Grammar School Memorial.
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Name: BURRELL, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Motor Boat Reserve
Date of Death: 18/11/1914
Age: 29
Additional Information: Son of George and Anne Jane Burrell, of Gleniffer Lodge, Paisley.
Panel Reference: 6
Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Also named on Paisley Grammar School and Royal Troon Golf Club War Memorials.


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Name: PATON, P
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2429
Regiment/Service: Scots Guards, 1st Bn
Date of Death: 3/12/1914
Grave Reference: Sp Mem 19
Cemetery: Kortrijk (St Jan) Communal Cemetery.


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Lt Stewart Caldwell is not recorded on CWGC. There is a thread about him on the Great War Forum https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/137123-lt-s-caldwell-raf/. It appears that, before the war, he was a medical student but enlisted, eventually joining the RAF. In 1918 he resigned his commission to resume his medical studies. He died of pneumonia at Glasgow Infirmary on November 12 1918.

He is also named on Paisley Grammar School Memorial.
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Name: EASSON, PHILIP COOPER
Initials: PC
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 28320
Regiment/Service: Somerset Light Infantry, 6th Bn
Date of Death: 8/6/1918
Age: 31
Additional Information: Son of Robert Easson; husband of Elizabeth Easson, of 137, Fotheringay Rd., Maxwell Park, Glasgow. Born at Glasgow.
Grave Reference: I C 18
Cemetery: Annois Communal Cemetery.

Also named on Paisley Grammar School Memorial.
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Name: HODGART, MATTHEW
Initials: M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Major
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers, 406th (Renfrew) Field Coy
Awards: Military Cross
Date of Death: 9/10/1917
Age: 32
Additional Information: Son of John Hodgart and Eliza Maclure Hodgart, of Paisley; husband of Katherine B. C. Gardner Hodgart, of Graewraes, Paisley. Mechanical Engineer.
Grave Reference: V A 11
Cemetery: Bard Cottage Cemetery.

Also named on Paisley Grammar School, Royal Troon Golf Club and Merchiston Castle School War Memorials.


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Name: RICHARDSON, SYDNEY ATHELSTANE
Initials: SA
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery, 266th Bde
Date of Death: 3/11/1917
Age: 26
Additional Information: Son of Andrew and Jessie Grant Richardson, of "Selangor," Thornley Park Avenue, Paisley. Native of Greenock.
Grave Reference: B 53
Cemetery: Beersheba War Cemetery.

Also named on Paisley Grammar School Memorial.
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