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William Smellie

William Smellie, born 1697 in Lanark, Scotland, died March 5, 1763 in Lanark, was an important obstetrician and has been called the father of British midwifery. Double click on William Smellie for more... read more


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 (possible explanations include the murder by Haselrigg of Wallace’s wife Marion Braidfute, although even this marriage is contested by some historians, it was not mentioned by Blind Harry in ‘The Wallace’ of 1506). Regardless of the why’s and... read more


Marion Braidfute, reputed to be William Wallace’s wife, was raised at the ancestral home of the Baillie Family, Lamington Tower (the remains of which are still visible on the outskirts of the village). The Marion Braidfute stories were started by the Bailie family in the 16th Century. Indications at the time of Wallace tell us that the landowners signed ‘the Ragman’s Roll’, and pledged their... read more


William Wallace was a man in need of sanctuary after his murder of the English Sheriff of Lanark, Hasselrig, in 1297. He turned to his friend Patrick Auchinleck of Gilbank; subsequently renamed Kilbank, at present day Kirkfieldbank. Gilbank was linked to the lost medieval chapel of Greenrig (both of which have left no visible remains) and both were located on lands owned by the Priory at Lesmahagow. The... read more


According to local legend, William Wallace dressed as a pedlar in order to pass a guarded crossing (‘Cadger’s Brig’) and spy on the English Army camp  before the ‘Battle of Biggar’. However, there is no evidence that there was anything other than a ford here, and  the Battle of Rosslyn happened at the same date (questioning the plausibility of the tale).Human activity dates back to 14500 BC in... read more

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