Paisley, Renfrewshire

Paisley (/ˈpzli/ PAYZ-lee; Scots: Paisley, Scottish Gaelic: Pàislig [ˈpʰaːʃlɪkʲ]) is a town situated in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. Located north of the Gleniffer Braes, the town borders the city of Glasgow to the east, and straddles the banks of the White Cart Water, a tributary of the River Clyde.

Paisley
Town and administrative centre

Paisley town centre with White Cart Water. Taken from Seedhill.
Paisley
Location within Renfrewshire
Population77,220 (mid-2016 est.)[1]
LanguageEnglish, Scots
OS grid referenceNS485635
 Edinburgh49 mi (79 km) E
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPAISLEY
Postcode districtPA1 – PA3
Dialling code0141 & 01505
PoliceScotland
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
Websitepaisley.org.uk
List of places
UK
Scotland
55.846627°N 4.423636°W / 55.846627; -4.423636

It serves as the administrative centre for the Renfrewshire council area, and is the largest town in the historic county of the same name. Paisley is often cited as "Scotland's largest town" and is the fifth largest settlement in the country, although it does not have city status.

The town became prominent in the 12th century, with the establishment of Paisley Abbey, an important religious hub which formerly had control over other local churches.

By the 19th century, Paisley was a centre of the weaving industry, giving its name to the Paisley shawl and the Paisley Pattern. The town's associations with political Radicalism were highlighted by its involvement in the Radical War of 1820, with striking weavers being instrumental in the protests. By 1993, all of Paisley's mills had closed, although they are memorialised in the town's museums and civic history.[2]