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Paisley overview.jpg
Paisley's skyline an backdrap frae Saucel Hill, wi the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Kirk in the centre
Paisley is locatit in Renfrewshire
Paisley shawn within Renfrewshire
Population 77,210 
OS grid reference NS485635
• Edinburgh 49 mi (79 km) E
• London 347 mi (558 km) SSE
Cooncil aurie
Lieutenancy aurie
Kintra Scotland
Sovereign state Unitit Kinrick
Post toun PAISLEY
Postcode destrict PA1 – PA3
Diallin code 0141 & 01505
Polis Scots
Fire Scots
Ambulance Scots
EU Pairlament Scotland
UK Pairlament
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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 umwhile burgh situate in the wast central lawlands o Scotland, aboot seiven mile wast-sooth-wast o Glesgae. It is the mucklest toun an admeenistrative centre o the Renfrewshire cooncil area. Straidlin the White Cart Watter that gangs the gither wi the Black Cart Watter an becomes the River Cart nor'warts the toun. The dounset occupees 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 foremaist foondit on the sibness o the name o the station tae the Brythonic Gwen-dwr ('white watter') that wis mynt tae hae been the name o the White Cart Watter at thon time.

In the 12t century a priory wis foondit at Paisley that a dounset suin grew aroond. Athin a hunner yeir o its foondation, the priory haed managed at gittin the status o a Abbey. The toun became famous in the 18t and 19t centuries for the production o claith, inspecially cotton wi the distinctive Paisley Pattern.

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