Paisley’s close proximity to Glasgow is perhaps the main barrier to its quest for city status, a status that it richly deserves and one that Buddies the world over will unite to fight for. It does have, however, its own identity and unique features quite distinct from that of its larger neighbour.
The Patron Saint of Paisley is St. Mirin and the football team is St Mirren FC who play in the Scottish Premier League.
Paisley first came to prominence when Mirin established a Church on the Banks of the River Cart in the Sixth Century. In time Mirin was canonized and became the patron saint of Paisley. Paisley became a place of pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Mirin.
In the Twelfth Century Walter Fitzalan established a monastery of Cluniac monks close to the shrine of St. Mirin.
In 1488 Paisley became a Royal Burgh to rival that of Renfrew, its near neighbour.
In 1696 Paisley had a famous witch trial concerning Christian Shaw, which saw six people condemned as witches. They were strangled and burnt on the Gallowgreen and their remains were buried on a crossing now known as Maxwelton Cross, with a horseshoe placed on top of the buriel site. This spot is still visible today although the horseshoe went missing many years ago.