Guest blog: 700th celebration puts global spotlight on Cradle of the Royal Stewart
I’m proud that Paisley Abbey has a rich history and heritage as the Cradle of the Royal House of Stewart. That’s why it is the perfect place to host the Stewart 700 conference with descendants from all over the world coming to Paisley.
This year marks 700 years since Robert Stewart was born to Marjory Bruce and Walter the Steward (the 6th). It’s an event marked with tragedy as Marjory – daughter of Robert the Bruce - passed away following a tragic horse riding accident, but luckily her unborn child was saved.
Walter was a descendent of the first Walter the Steward – a title given to the third son of Alan following years of service to David I, which was later changed to Stewart.
In 1371, Robert Stewart acceded to the Scottish throne following the death of David II, becoming King Robert II of Scotland, the first of the Stewart monarchs.
The Abbey is the final resting place of six High Stewards of Scotland, Princess Marjory Bruce, the wives of King Robert II and King Robert III.
If you’re ever passing by we welcome you in to see our magnificent abbey and our volunteers are always on hand. The Abbey is home to the Barochan Cross – more than 1000 years old and once stood on a hillside near Houston before being handed over for safekeeping.
There is also the William Wallace stained glass window on the west end of the south aisle – created by artists James Ballantyne & Son and bearing the inscription "To the memory of the Knight of Elderslie in this Parish. Erected by the Glasgow St Andrews Society".
After marvelling at the spectacular medieval architecture and stonework, you might even fancy a visit to the tea room.
Hope to see you soon.
Reverend Alan Birss