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Abbey of Paisley, The
from its Foundation till its Dissolution.
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By Lees, J. Cameron
ISBN 0902664867
SERIES A Paisley Collection
Paperback  560 pages
Published February 2004
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Originally published in 1878. This is an attempt to throw into narrative form all that is known of the Abbey of Paisley which, as a Dean of Westminster said, "furnished to Scotland and to England the most tragic elements of the history of the two kingdoms, and through which the present royal family ... claim their inheritance of the Imperial Crown." The importance of the Abbey in the history of Scotland is established through a review of monastic history, the foundation of the Priory which became the Abbey, the early kings of Scotland, the accession of the Stewarts and associated royal patronage, and the later Abbots. After the Dissolution, Paisley’s role in subsequent Scottish Church history includes consideration of the Covenant and of Witchcraft. The history of the physical building does not go un-noticed. Writing at a time when the Abbey was in the care of factors, ‘a class of persons not fit to have charge of a Gothic building’, the author invites the people of Paisley to restore the fabric of this ‘sacred trust’. There is an extensive Appendix of Illustrative Documents.

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