Monday, March 29, 2010


Welcome to The Paisley Abbey, a compilation of my family's adventures and my love for creating original pieces through sewing and crafting. I wanted to start my blog by explaining where the name "The Paisley Abbey" came from. One of my favorite fabric patterns is paisley. I wanted to use it in the name of my blog and Etsy business, so I decided to research the related history. The paisley fabric print is named after a town named Paisley in Scotland. As I read about the town, I came across the The Paisley Abbey. As a breast cancer survivor, the amazing history of the abbey struck a cord with me and I immediately knew I had found my business and blog name. Below is a brief history of this incredible church that is the definition of survival.

Paisley Abbey is a former monastery founded in 1163 and current Church of Scotland, located on the east bank of the White Cart Water in the center of the town of Paisley, Scotland. In 1316 Marjorie Bruce was out riding near the abbey. Heavily pregnant at the time, she fell from her horse and was taken to Paisley Abbey where she gave birth to King Robert II. She died shortly after childbirth and was buried in the abbey. Paisley Abbey was the burial place of many Scottish Kings during the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. A succession of fires and the collapse of the tower in the 15th and 16th centuries left the building in a partially ruined state. Although the western section was still used for worship, the eastern section was widely plundered for its stone.

From 1858 to 1928, the north porch and the eastern choir were reconstructed on the remains of the ruined walls. Paisley Abbey retains its medieval nave with transepts and choir restored in 19th and 20th Centuries. It has Royal Tombs, fine woodcarving and beautiful 19th and 20th century Stained Glass Windows. Paisley Abbey is still used for worship services every Sunday, although is now serving as a parish church in the Church of Scotland.