View of the River and Abbey at Paisley, Renfrewshire
Artist: Catton, Charles
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of the River and Abbey at Paisley in Scotland. Paisley Abbey was founded in the 12th century by Walter Fitzalan, High Steward of Scotland. Thirteen monks came from Wenlock in Shropshire to establish the community here. The Abbey was built on the site of a 6th century church founded by St Mirin. The Abbey became an important centre for learning and it is thought that William Wallace was educated here. The original church was destroyed by fire in the 13th century and was rebuilt in the 14th century. During the Scottish Reformation in the 16th century, the monastery was disbanded, the monastic buildings handed over to the Hamilton family and the walled-off nave became the parish church of Paisley.