Laigh Kirk. Until 1738 when Laigh Kirk was erected Paisley's only church had been the Abbey. This new church, later called Laigh or Low because of its geographical position, had as one of its early ministers Rev. John Witherspoon. He later left Paisley for America and became the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence.
John Knox Witherspoon (February 5, 1723 – November 15, 1794) was a Scots Presbyterian minister and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New Jersey (1768–94; now Princeton University), he trained many leaders of the early nation and was the only active clergyman and the only college president to sign the Declaration.