The Stewart dynasty - one of the most enduring royal dynasties in Scottish history - began with Robert II taking the throne as King of Scots in 1371.
Paisley Abbey is known as the ‘cradle of the Royal House of Stewarts’, being the resting place of six High Stewards of Scotland - Princess Marjorie Bruce, the wives of King Robert II and King Robert III.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who joined Paisley Abbey’s Reverend Alan Birss in dressing up for the occasion, said: “Paisley’s Medieval Fayre marks an important anniversary for the town as our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 gathers pace.
“Paisley Abbey is a true architectural gem and has some fascinating links to Scottish monarchy. It is unique as the birthplace of King Robert II of Scotland 700 years ago and also the resting place of many High Stewards of Scotland – including Robert’s mother, Marjorie Bruce.
“Paisley has a wealth of history and heritage and events like this are really putting Paisley on the map as unique tourist destination.”
Reverend Alan Birss added: “The medieval fayre was a roaring success and it was great to see so many people come to Paisley Abbey to mark this special milestone in the abbey’s long history.
“Paisley Abbey has a very long history and the medieval fayre has been just one way of exploring that heritage.”
Paisley’s Medieval Fayre is part of an exciting and expanding calendar of cultural events for Renfrewshire as part of the build up to the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
Paisley’s bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.
Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.
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