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Birth & Early Years

Alexander Wilson was born on the 6th July 1766 at Paisley, in the Seedhill area of the town. The family house provided a fine view of "The Hammils", a rocky outcrop and small waterfall on the river Cart. To distinguish the house from others a plaque was placed in the front wall in 1841 by David Anderson of Perth (Burns, 1910). The memorial has since vanished along with the house. A new monument to him stands on the Seedhill side of the river Cart produced by sculptor, Alexander Stoddart in 1995.

View of the Seedhill side of the river Cart, close to “The Hammils” showing monument to Alexander Wilson

View of the Seedhill side of the river Cart, close to “The Hammils” with the monument to Alexander Wilson just visible.


Composite showing view from the monument with Paisley Town Hall and Abbey in background and detail of the right panel of south side of monument. Full inscription reads: “Remember Alexander Wilson. Here was his boyhood playground.”

Composite showing view from the monument with Paisley Town Hall and Abbey in background and detail of the right panel of south side of monument. Full inscription reads: “Remember Alexander Wilson. Here was his boyhood playground.”