Welcome to Clydesdale's Heritage

Clydesdale's HeritageWelcome to Clydesdale's Heritage, a project aimed at encouraging all people to take an active interest in the heritage and history of the Clydesdale area.

This website is one of several initiatives from Lanark and District Archaeology Society (LADAS) to encourage engagement with the history of the region. The project includes lecture programmes, fieldwalks, cataloguing artefacts, inspiring school pupils during talks and presentations, and working with like-minded organisations – with the end goal being to record and preserve the heritage of Clydesdale.

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Blaeu Map of Lanark from 1650

Blaeu Map

Year: 1650

Blaeu was a Dutch map maker based in Amsterdam. He issued several maps of Lanarkshire in 1654 as part of his world atlas. This was popular throughout the known world and was…

Ordnance Survey map of Wilsontown from 1898

Ordnance Survey, Wilsontown

Year: 1898

This Ordnance Survey map of 1898 shows the profound impact that railways had on an industrial area such as Wilsontown. The station was near Wilsontown House. It still survives but…

Estate map of Douglas, 1822

Plan of Douglas Village

Year: 1822

This is an interesting estate map of Douglas dating to 1822 showing the village as it used to be. It might be useful to compare this to the present day…

General Roy map, 1750

General Roy Map

Year: 1750

This map, completed in the 1750s by General Roy was part of a series completed across Scotland. Wilsontown does not exist at this time. The hamlets of East Forth, West…

Blaeu map of Lesmahagow from 1654

Blaeu map of Lesmahagow

Year: 1654

This Blaeu Map of 1654 shows the area around Lesmahagow. Curiously Lesmahagow does not get a mention though Craighead does. An excavation of the 15th century Tower House was completed…

Pont map of Douglas Castle, 1956

Pont Map, Douglas Castle

Year: 1596

This picture from Pont shows how Douglas Castle may have looked in 1596 when the map for Lanarkshire was created. The late Professor McClean from Dundee thought that Pont Map…

Carnwath Ordnance Survey Map, 1858

Carnwath 1858 OS Map

Year: 1858

This is a very useful map as it shows the position of the Lockhart Arms Inn, now a farm. The tavern was one of the most important in the area.…

Pont's map of Lanarkshire, 1596

Auchengray and Tarbrax

Year: 1596

The maps relate to Tarbrax and Auchengray and cover the period from 1596 when Timothy Pont’s Map was completed till Thomson’s map of Lanarkshire in 1832. The maps used in…

Lesmahagow Missal

Year: 1240

One of Scotland’s greatest mediaeval treasures is the Lesmahagow Missal which was written c.1240 and is reputed to have come from the Tironesian Priory of St Machutius in Lesmahagow. The…

Carnwath Public School

Carnwath Public School article

Year: 1911

This article is from Stothers’s, Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire, Christmas and New Year Annual of 1911/1912. The article gives a fascinating insight into the achievements of Carnwath Public School. 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…

Old Photos of Douglas & District


A presentation of old photos from Douglas and surrounding areas, compiled by Harvey Black. Use the embedded display below to view this presentation or you can use the controls to…