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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:55 pm    Post subject: John Neilson Institution WW1 Reply with quote

John Neilson Institute, Oakshawhead, Paisley.



The John Neilson Institution, or the Porridge bowl as its affectionately known, is now converted into flats, however its start in life was somewhat different. John Neilson of Nethercommon (1778 1839) had been a successful grocer in the town. In 1839, before he died, he set up a trust deed to build and endow a school. The building was designed by a leading architect of the day, Charles Wilson of Glasgow. His design is modern Renaissance, topped by a magnificent dome. The dome is surrounded by four decorative tripods carrying vases, and its prominent hilltop location means it can be seen for miles around, enhancing Paisley's skyline. To gain entry boy pupils had to have lived in Paisley for three years and their parents had to either be poor or dead.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Memorials are housed in Paisley Abbey.





Arrangements have been made to photograph the Books of Remembrance.

John
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Were the Books of Remembrance ever photographed please?
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately I never got round to photographing the Book of Remembrance.

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