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Paisley Russell Institute
Paisley Russell Institute
The Russell Institute in Paisley Scotland was donated by Miss Agnes Russell to the Burgh of Paisley on March 1927. The building was built as a memorial to her two brothers Thomas and Robert Russell, who had died in 1920 and 1923 respectively. The building was planned and designed by Paisley firm of Architects Abercrombie & Maitland and was completed during 1926/27 and is protected as a category A listed building.

Mr Archibald Dawson, a sculptor of great promise was chosen to carry out the architect’s designs for a group of figures in bronze and other materials. The main doorway is surmounted by a large maternal figure in bronze with her brood flanked by two shields, one of the Paisley Coat of Arms, the other the symbol of Aesculapius “God of Medicine” with a serpent twisted around a staff. Both are in copper with heraldic enamel in brilliant colour.

Above the large window is the massive bronze figure of a protective Angel, guarding the young generation in its arms with the Motto wording carved in the stone work “A Deo Salus” meaning “Health comes from God”. Around the building at lower level are smaller figures in bronze each indicating a particular aspect of the work carried out in the building.

Original hand painted stencils
Created by making unique stencils taken from photographs This could include your family and friends or your favorite idols and icons.