December 23. While I agree with your correspondent Duncan Brown

(December 20) that there have been errors in the restoration of Paisley

Abbey, much would have been lost if its restoration had not been a local

and national pastime since 1307. If the Cluniac monks had not rebuilt

after Edward I razed the abbey, then there would now be no trace and

little record of it.

Down the centuries the restoration projects have produced a house of

God whose setting and beauty are unsurpassed in Scotland.

There is a certain irony and great sadness, however, that the last

remnant of the indigenous industries that generated the funds for the

comprehensive restoration programme at the beginning of this century is

about to finish.

T. Graeme McCormick,

15 Alston Gardens,