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Some snapshots of Lanark in 1929


Below is a small sample of photos which appeared in the “Pictorial Review, 1929“, published by the Hamilton Advertiser. Any information about the individuals, places, or organisations shown in these…

Sir Simon MacDonald Lockhart, Lee Castle and Lanark


The Lockhart family, one of the best known names in the area, owned extensive lands and property throughout Clydesdale, Lanarkshire and part of Midlothian, dating back over 700 years ago…

Be sure and secure a copy of “The Cartland Quotations Book”


In an article on 08 July, 1916, the Carluke and Lanark Gazette urged all its readers to “Be sure and secure a copy of “The Cartland Quotation Book“. Few people…

St Kentigern's Church in Lanark

St Kentigern’s Church, Lanark


It is remarkable that in Scotland there is only one medieval church dedicated to St Kentigern under his own proper name. There are many others dedicated to him under the…

Lanark Airshow 1910


The Lanark Airshow was the first airshow in Scotland and it was particularly special in that it was also the second British International Airshow. It attracted competitors from all over…

Lowther Hills

The history of Leadhills


The village of Leadhills lies over 1,300 feet up in the Lowther Hills in a desolate, exposed landscape.  With a history of mineral exploitation going back to medieval times, it…

Lamington Tower

A brief history of Lamington


Marion Braidfute, reputed to be William Wallace’s wife, was raised at the ancestral home of the Baillie Family, Lamington Tower (the remains of which are still visible on the outskirts…

South Lanarkshire landscape

A brief history of Roberton


Roberton was the site of one of Edward I’s mottes. It commanded an excellent view of the Clyde Valley, a major route for trader and rebel alike. The remains of…

Old Photograph of Crawfordjohn

The history of Crawfordjohn


There is a well known saying ‘Out of the World and into Crawfordjohn’ and so came John, stepson of Baldwin, a Flemish lord from Biggar to build his castle, his…

Carnwath Church illustration

Carnwath Church


The closure of Carnwath Church has prompted me to write a brief history of the Church. The church was built by the architect David Bryce in 1864-7.  It was designed to…