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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Mayfield Brickworks, Carluke

Mayfield Brickworks


The photos were taken in February 2012 of the Mayfield Brickworks in Carluke. This brickworks was one of the last brickworks to make hand-made bricks in Scotland. Another point of interest…

Jubilee Fountain, Biggar

Jubilee Fountain


The postcard shown here shows the Jubilee Fountain set up in the late Victorian period to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of 1887. It was made by the firm of McDowall…

Old Carluke

A brief history of Carluke


Although Carluke is a parish with seemingly ordinary buildings and inhabitants, the stories behind the buildings and the people make the town and parish unique. The origins of Carluke’s name…

Earl of Angus, statue, Douglas

A short history of Douglas


Douglas was home to both Wallace supporters, Sir Willam Douglas and his son The Black Douglas (or Good Sir James Douglas), who was a key lieutenant of Robert the Bruce at…

Motte and Bailey Castle

Motte and Bailey Castle


The motte and bailey castle constructed here, the best example surviving in the area, was possibly destroyed at the times of the Wars of Independence; 19th Century excavations uncovered extensive…

St Brides Church, Douglas

Good Sir James Douglas and his tomb


The story of the Good Sir James Douglas is not as well known as William Wallace which is understandable in a way because he was not the iconic figure that…