It was the day before Christmas Eve in 1831 when Cholera first hit Scotland. Known as the pestilence (or the “pest”, which my grandmother used to call me), it spread quickly throughout the west of Scotland – the area worst affected by far. In Glasgow, over 3,000 souls would lose their life, Paisley 450, and
Thrushing Meadow was the 18th Century name for the piece of land that ran below the Barony, between it and the Manse. It is now Manse Road as shown in the picture. Thrushing is an old Scots language term that has nothing to do with birds as previous writers have suggested, but simply means threshing.
Our modern mind usually associates the word “Kirk” with the post-Reformation church. In many cases this is absolutely correct, but in fact the word “Kirk” has a much older history, and one that is relevant to our particular heritage. The lands to the West of where St Brides Roman Catholic Church now sits, have been