The Abbey is unique in many respects. It was the cradle of the Stewart Dynasty. Robert, the second grandson of Robert the Bruce, was born on the premises. His mother, Princess Marjorie fell off her horse when coming to the Abbey to pray for the safe delivery of the child. She was brought to the Abbey and found to be dead. By a posthumous operation, the child was delivered and lived to be the first of the Stewart Kings.
In 1807 a musician and composer well known in Scotland, R.A. Smith was in charge of the music at the Abbey. Thorough his talents, the Abbey Band and choir became famous throughout the country. A feature of the Abbey choir has been the Boy's Choir. Joining the Paisley Abbey Choir is Kenneth McKeller who has been called "Scotland's greatest tenor".
The Boys' Choir was reformed at the beginning of the 20th century, robed in the red cassocks and white surplices which the choir still wears. In the mid 1990s, a girls' choir was formed and, in 2000, the girls' choir and boys' choir were amalgamated to form 'the choristers'. At the present time, there are some 20 choristers comprising 14 boys and 6 girls.