Clan Paisley

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Clan Paisley

Clan Paisley Team
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From the geographical locality of Paisley, Refrewshire.[1]

Clan Chief: Westerlea Paisley
Crest: A dexter arm from the shoulder in armour grasping a dagger all Proper
Motto: "Be Sure"
Slogan/War Cry:
Historic Seat:
Plant badge:
Pipe music:
Gaelic name:
Associated Names: Paisley, Peasley, Pasley, Peaseley, Pacely, Peesley

Clan Team


The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Paisley together with members bearing the name Paisley, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Paisley.

To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Paisley on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Paisley

Clan History

Between 1179 and 1190 William Passeleue (or Passelaw), witnessed charters, by William the Lion (abt.1143-abt.1214).[2][3] As William Passelewe, in 1202, witnessed a charter by Alan filius Walteri.[4] A William de Passele, around 1199, witnessed a donation of the church of Kincardin to the Abbey of Cambuskenneth.[5]

The canon of Glasgow, dominus Johannes de Passelet, was witness to the gift of half of Litel Guvan to the Hospital of Polmade in 1320.[6] A merchant of Scotland, William Passeley, goods were ordered to be released in 1389.[7]

In 1600, Henry Paslaye was a burgess freeman of Glasgow.[8] In 1616, in Aberdeen, John Paislie was made burgess.[9] "Johne Paslay decernit in ane unlaw" in 1672.[10] In Hawick, in 1689, there is a shoemaker by the name of William Paislaw recorded, and the notorious ‘priest’ of Gretna Green, Pasley or Paisley, may have taken their name from (How) pasley, originally in the barony of Hawick.[11][12]

In Dumfriesshire, there was a family of Pasleys, and a number of them distinguished themselves in public service, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


  1. Bardsley, Charles Wareing, MA. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames (Henry Frowde, London, 1901)
  2. Bannatyne Club Publications Vol. 82 (1846) Innes, C. ed., Liber S. marie de Calchou. Registrum Cartarum Abbacie Tironensis de Kelso. 1113­-1567, Vol I Page 260 Internet Archive
  3. Paisley: Page 8 HathiTrust
  4. Paisley: Page 14 HathiTrust
  5. Cambuskenneth Abbey. Registrum Monasterii de Cambuskenneth (Grampian Club, 1872 Edinburgi) Page 121 Internet Archive
  6. Innes, Cosmo. Registrum Episcopatus Glasguensis (Ballantyne and Hughes, Printers, 1843 Edinburgh) GoogleBooks
  7. Calendar of Documents Relating to Scotland Preserved in Her Majesty's Public Record Office, by Joseph Bain, London (H.M. General Register House, Edinburgh, 1881) Vol IV, Page 401 Internet Archive
  8. Scottish Record Society (Edinburgh, 1897-) Vol. 43 The Burgesses and Guild Brethren of Glasgow 1573 - 1750 Page 42 InternetArchive
  9. New Spalding Club. Miscellany of the New Spalding Club (Printed for the New Spalding Club, 1890-1908 Aberdeen) Vol I Page 116 InternetArchive
  10. Corsehill Baron-Court Book (1884). Archaeological & Historical Collections relating to the counties of Ayr and Wigton. Pub. Ayr & Wigton Arch Assoc. Page 107 Internet Archive
  11. Grant, Francis James, Sir. The Commissariot Records of Peebles (James Skinner and Co, 1902 Edinburgh) Page 12
  12. The lady's magazine : or entertaining companion for the fair sex, appropriated solely to their use and amusement. London : Printed for Robinson and Roberts, 1811


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