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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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Castlegate, Broomgate and Hyndford Place

The Castlegate is one of Lanark’s oldest streets as it was the main thoroughfare to Lanark Castle which was located at the foot.  In medieval times it was Lanark’s most imposing street, leading down to the Royal Castle. It was originally very wide as the area was the site of early medieval markets but it was divided when the Broomgatewas formed in the late eighteenth century. The medieval... read more

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