From "The Scotsman" 7 June 2004
"In 1991, Ronald Reagan returned to his Scottish roots to visit the church where two of his ancestors married early in the last century. Wearing a tartan jacket, Reagan, then 80, and his wife Nancy took part in a service at Castlehead church in Paisley, where, with other worshippers, they sang Amazing Grace. Reaganís ancestors Claud Wilson, a weaver and radical, and Peggy Downie, his housemaid bride, were married in the church in 1807."
"Reaganís Paisley connections were unearthed by Renfrew District Councilís historians around the time of his visit as president to England and Ireland in 1984. Peggie Downieís father, David Downie, also a radical weaver, was found guilty of sedition in 1794 for conspiring to raise an armed rebellion. He was sentenced to be hanged and disembowelled, but this was commuted to transportation after a local outcry."
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