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Paisley Town Hall, from Gauze Street
Paisley is located in Renfrewshire
Location within Renfrewshire
OS grid referenceNS485635
• Edinburgh49 mi (79 km) E
• Lunnon347 mi (558 km) SSE
Cooncil area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Post tounPAISLEY
Postcode destrictPA1 – PA3
Diallin code0141 & 01505
EU PairlamentScotland
UK Pairlament
Scots Pairlament
Leet o places
55°50′48″N 4°25′25″W / 55.846627°N 4.423636°W / 55.846627; -4.423636Coordinates: 55°50′48″N 4°25′25″W / 55.846627°N 4.423636°W / 55.846627; -4.423636

Paisley (Scots Gaelic: Pàislig) is a toun an ae-time burgh situatit in the wast central lawlands o Scotland, aboot seiven mile wast-sooth-wast o Glesgae. It is the maist muckle toun an admeenistrative centre o the Renfrewshire cooncil area. Paisley straidles the White Cart Watter that jines the Black Cart Watter becomin the River Cart north o the toun. The toun kivers the lawland tae the north o the Gleniffer Braes.

Paisley wis ance thocht tae hae been the steid o the Roman fortification o Vanduara (or Vandogara) chronicelt bi Ptolemy. The identifeecation o the steid o modren Paisley wi this fort is maistlie foondit on the sibness o the toon's nemm tae the Brythonic Gwen-dwr ('white watter') that wis thocht tae hae been the nemm o the White Cart Watter at thon time.

In the 12t century a priory wis foondit at Paisley an a veelage suin grew aroond it. A hunner yeir aifter its foondation, the priory got the status o a Abbey. The toun became weel-kent in the 18t and 19t centuries for the production o claith, oweraw cotton wi the kenspeckle Paisley Pattern.

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