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 Bonnington, 1654

Blaeu map of Bonnington

Year: 1654

This map was published in 1654 by Joan Blaeu, a Dutch cartographer born in Alkmaar, the son of cartographer Willem Blaeu. It was based on the first detailed map of…

1860 Ordnance Survey map of Lanark

Ordnance Survey map of Lanark

Year: 1860

This Ordnance Survey map shows Lanark in the 1860s. Map reproduced courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.

Timothy Pont map of 1596 showing Lanark

Pont Map of Lanark

Year: 1596

A Timothy Pont map from 1596 showing Lanark. The map shows what appears to be a tower house enclosed by a ditch. This ditch could be the remains of the…

Forest Map of 1819 showing Bonnington

Forest Map showing Bonnington

Year: 1819

A Forest Map of Lanarkshire from 1819. The Forest Map series showed considerable detail, including of the Bonnington Estate. At this time, walks and paths were created by Lady Mary…

Forest Map of 1819

Forest Map

Year: 1819

A Forest Map from 1819. This is the first detailed map of Lanarkshire to show the Wilsontown Iron Works. It even shows the furnace and a rail road that went…

Lanark shown in the Wood Town Atlas map of 1822

Wood Town Atlas

Year: 1822

This map is from the Wood Town Atlas of 1822. At this point, Lanark had not changed much since the Middle Ages. The Castle is at the bottom of the…

Wilsontown 25 inch map from 1832

Wilsontown 25 Inch Map

Year: 1832

The 25 inch map, which was Thomson’s Map of 1832, shows the Wilsontown area prior to the arrival of the railway. The rail road mentioned on the map was a…

Railway Map of 1898 showing coal pits

Railway Map showing coal pits

Year: 1898

A railway map from 1898. This shows just how many coal pits were in production, not to mention the Auchengray Brickworks and the Tarbrax Oil Works. Forth and the surrounding…

Estate map of Douglas from 1822

Estate Map of Douglas

Year: 1822

An interesting estate map of Douglas from 1822, showing how the village once was.

Ross Map of Lanarkshire, 1772

Ross Map of Lanarkshire

Year: 1772

The Ross Map of Lanarkshire, dating from 1772. By this time, the last Douglas Castle had been built. On the map is Douglas Mill. It is here that Bonnie Prince…

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…