Lanark (Scotland)

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Scottish Gaelic Lannraig
Coordinates 55 ° 41 ′  N , 3 ° 47 ′  W Coordinates: 55 ° 41 ′  N , 3 ° 47 ′  W
Lanark (Scotland)
Residents 8855 2011 census
Post town LANARK
ZIP code section ML11
prefix 01555
Part of the country Scotland
Council area South Lanarkshire
British Parliament Lanark and Hamilton East
Scottish Parliament Clydesdale

Lanark ( Gaelic Lannraig ) is a small Scottish town in the county of South Lanarkshire , about 50 km southeast of Glasgow on the Clyde . The village has 8855 inhabitants.


Lanark has a rich history and was the seat of the historic county of Lanarkshire . Today the place is best known for "Lanark Lanimers" , celebrations held annually in June that go back to King David I (1124-1153), who gave Lanark the status of a Royal Burgh (royal town charter) during his reign . The first records of this festival date from 1488.

William Wallace , whose life was based on the film Braveheart starring Mel Gibson , lived according to legend in Lanark and was secretly married to the local Marion Braidfute. A statue at St. Nicholas Parish Church and a plaque in the city center commemorate him. Since 2005 a festival has been organized in his honor in August.


New Lanark , the former cotton manufacturing center, is located on the southern city limits directly on the River Clyde. It is since 2001 a World Heritage Site of UNESCO .

sons and daughters of the town


  • William Hamilton : Descriptions of the Sheriffdoms of Lanark and Renfrew compiled about M.DCC.X. (= The Maitland Club. Publications. No. 12, ZDB -ID 2254949-3 ). With illustrative notes and appendices. Printed for the Maitland Club by Hutchison and Brookman, Glasgow 1831 (Reprinted The Grimsay Press, Kilkerran 2004, ISBN 0-902664-85-9 ).
  • Lanark. In: Francis H. Groome : Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical. Volume 4: (Har - Lib). Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh et al. 1885, pp. 453-455 .
  • Helen Moir: Lanark and the Clyde Valley. Tempus, Brimscombe Port 2000, ISBN 0-7524-1757-6 .

Web links

Commons : Lanark  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 2011 census