William Wallace murdered Haselrigg, the English Sheriff of Lanark at the town’s Castle in May 1297. The reason for this act is the subject of dispute. Regardless of why, this single act set Wallace on the path to his destiny; it brought him the support of much of the population, and galvanised ordinary Scots to rally to his flag.

Lanark’s name comes from its woollen industry (from the Norman French, the modern ‘laine’, meaning wool, is related to it); indeed Edward I’s tax on wool in 1296 (to finance a campaign in Flanders) inflamed local opinion and garnered Wallace much local support.  The town had a Greyfriars monastery, founded at the time of Robert the Bruce, it was located between Broomgate and Friars Lane. The site of a house reputed to have belonged to Wallace lies opposite the church of St Nicholas at the west end of the High Street (above the door of which a statue of Wallace was placed in the early 19th Century).

An interesting remnant of the period can be found in the rear of one of the properties in the High Street, from Bernards Wynd a 13th Century gothic window can be seen; this was from a stone-built house, probably owned by the monks of Dryburgh (being the best house in the Town, it is likely that Wallace resided there after his defeat of the English forces at Stirling Bridge). In the grounds of Lanark’s old cemetery are the remains of the original St Kentigern’s Church, the south wall and chancel arch are from Wallace’s time.

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History of Lanark Golf Club

Lanark Golf Club history

Year: 1951

An extract from the Lanark Golf Club 100th Anniversary book, published in 1951. Lanark Golf Club was founded on 4 October, 1851. However, the story begins prior to this, as…

Parliamentary act establishing a jail and Sheriff Court in Lanark, 1833

Act passed by British Parliament establishing a Gaol in Lanark

Year: 1833

This is the front of the document showing the Act passed by the British Parliament in 1833, for the erection of the Sheriff Court and the Prison. This Act was…

A. Wilson Ladies Shirts advert


An advert for A. Wilson Ladies Shirts, based in Lanark. Wilson’s appears to have been considerably ahead of their time in offering mail order delivery for “the smartest and most…

The Bonnington Electric Laundry Co advert


An advertisement for the Bonnington Electric Laundry company, indicating that they are “Shirt and Collar Specialists”.

Jacks Ironmonger, Lanark

James Jack Ironmonger advert


An advertisement for James Jack, Ironmonger, Seedsman and Implement Agent, in Hyndford Road, Lanark. When LADAS conducted research in Hyndford House, we uncovered invoices dating back to the 1860s. Jacks…

Samuel Forrest Butchers

Samuel Forrest Family Butcher advert

Year: 1910

An advert for Samuel Forrest Family Butcher from around 1910. Samuel Forrest was Provost of Lanark in 1910 and seems to have had a good butchery business considering he had…

Clydesdale Hotel advertisement

Clydesdale Hotel advert


An early 20th-century advertisement for the Clydesdale Hotel, Lanark. At this time, it was considered to be the best hotel in Lanark. The Cartland was, at that time, a private…

Sir Alan Cobham, Youth of Britain Tour

Sir Alan Cobham, Youth of Britain Tour

Year: 1929

Sir Alan John Cobham, KBE, AFC (6 May 1894 – 21 October 1973) was an English aviation pioneer. In 1929 Cobham mounted his first tour of Britain, called the Municipal…

Robert McCall, Carriage Hirer

Robert McCall, Carriage Hirer

Year: 1901

An advertising document produced for Robert McCall, a carriage hirer based in Lanark. McCall’s likely operated from the Victoria Hotel/Royal Oak Hotel, with most trips being to the Falls of…

Lanimer Procession

Year: 1905

This card showing the Lanimer Procession in 1905. This card is interesting in that it records that the picture was taken by Rogers and Co at 98-100 High Street, Lanark.…