As you walk along High Street, above the entrance to Paisley Close look at the intricately carved lintel and you will see a young boys face looking back at you with the words carved above his head ‘Heave Awa’ Chaps, I’m No’ Dead Yet!’
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The carving commemorates an incident that occurred during the early hours of the morning on November 24th 1861 when a 7 storey 16th Century building which stood on the site collapsed killing 35 of the 77 people within. As dawn was breaking a voice was heard to shout out to the rescuers who had been picking through the rubble ‘Heave awa’ chaps, Im no dead yet!’ before pulling a young man called John McIvor from the rubble.
When the building was subsequently rebuilt the lintel was added to remember the young survivor of the tragedy.