Auldhouse, South Lanarkshire
Auldhouse is a hamlet in South Lanarkshire, around 1 mile to the south of East Kilbride. The first mention of the hamlet is in the Public Archives is 1602, it is probable that Auldhouse, or Old House, owes its name to an ancient building located there, it owes its origins to the drove roads in the area. One such road passed through East Kilbride, went south via Auldhouse and nearby Fieldhead; the area is administered by Auldhouse and Chapelton Community Council. There are four local councillors who cover Auldhouse, the council ward being Avondale and Stonehouse. Auldhouse is represented in the Scottish Parliament by the MSP Aileen Campbell of the Scottish National Party for the Clydesdale constituency, in Westminster in the East Kilbride and Lesmahagow constituency by Lisa Cameron; the village contains Auldhouse Primary School. Nearby is the Langlands Moss Nature Reserve. Langlands Moss, a lowland raised bog to the North East of Auldhouse, was the first designated Local Nature Reserve in South Lanarkshire, formally established in 1996.
Auldhouse Primary School has a maximum capacity of 50 pupils, with a current roll of 34. Of the five original village schools in the East Kilbride area, only Auldhouse remains; the Old Village School in East Kilbride closed in 1974 and Jackton School in 1988. Maxwellton Endowed School was sold as a private residence in 1911 and Millwell Endowed School, between Laigh Cleughearn Farm and the Rutherend Toll, was shut down as far back as 1872; the average house price value in the area is £133,189
Auchenheath is a small village in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is on the River Nethan and is located near Blackwood and Lanark. Auchenheath House is a category B listed Italianate house. Built around 1842, it was extended and a chapel added in the 19th Century. List of places in South Lanarkshire
Larkhall is a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland and is around 14 miles southeast of Glasgow. It is twinned with Seclin in northern France. Larkhall sits on high ground between the Avon Water to the West. Larkhall is a commuter town for Glasgow. Larkhall had a population of 14,951 in the 2011 UK Census, is a typical former Scotland industrial town. Traditionally a mining and textile area, most of Larkhall's traditional industries have now closed down, including the Lanarkshire iron and steelworks; the name Larkhall or Laverock'Ha first appears in journals around 1620. The origins of the name are unknown. However, there is no evidence, it is more that Laverock was a surname. The name for Larkhall was a Scots word Laverockhaugh, which meant laverock - skylark and haugh - boggy/wet area; the primary schools in Larkhall are Machanhill Primary School, Dalserf Primary School, Glengowan Primary School, Hareleeshill Primary School, Craigbank Primary School, Netherburn Primary School and Robert Smillie Memorial Primary School.
There is a Catholic primary school, St Mary's. The town's sole secondary school is Larkhall Academy; the Church of Scotland has most adherents at 7416 persons. The 2011 census notes. Larkhall contains eight churches: Chalmers Parish Church, The Church At The Cross, Larkhall Baptist Church, Larkhall Congregational Church, St. Machan's Parish Church, St. Mary's R. C. Church, Strutherhill Gospel Hall and Trinity Parish Church. There is a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Trains returned to the town in December 2005, with the opening of the new Larkhall railway station, a terminus on the Argyle Line; the station provides regular services to Glasgow and beyond. Merryton railway station serves the northern end of town and is on the Argyle Line. Larkhall has good bus links with frequent services to Hamilton, Motherwell, Stonehouse and Wishaw. Scotland's main motorway, the M74 skirts the eastern edges of the town. Larkhall has 2 motorway intersections: Junction 7 with the A72, for southbound traffic only, Junction 8 with the A71, for both northbound and southbound traffic.
Junction 8 is known locally as The Toll. The centre of Glasgow can be reached in 20 minutes; because of the Protestant majority, residents support Rangers F. C. to the point where it was noted in 2008 that the colour green —, associated with that team's Catholic rivals Celtic F. C. — is avoided by retailers. However, community leaders attributed any trouble to a small number of vandals. A local authority study in 2017 found; the town has two Junior Football teams: Larkhall Thistle F. C. and Royal Albert F. C. although Royal Albert now play in Stonehouse, a neighbouring village while Larkhall Thistle play at Gasworks Park on Raploch Street. Royal Albert were once a full member of the Scottish Football League but now ply their trade in the lower reaches of the Central Junior divisions. Present in the town are Larkhall United Junior Football Club. Larkhall is home to the West Of Scotland Karting club just outside town; the town has its own 9 hole municipal Golf Course, founded in 1909. It has a running club, Larkhall YMCA Harriers, whose vests are red with two white hoops.
The Harriers consist of Master ladies and men, Senior Ladies and men, Under 17s, Under 15s, Under 13s, Under 11s and Under 9s. The black lady of Larkhall was the servant of Captain McNeil owner of Broomhill House, she was brought to Larkhall by Captain McNeil after one of his many seafaring voyages. She was happy with her new life but her ignorance of Scottish customs made her a social outcast; the Captain forbade her to leave Broomhill House during the day. Soon she was not seen at night either and the Captain claimed she had disappeared, but locals were suspicious, she soon returned, as her ghostly form appeared in the windows of Broomhill House and later in Morgan Glen. It is not known if she got her revenge on the Captain but he did die prematurely; when Broomhill House fell into disrepair the five hundredweight door lintel was moved to The Applebank Public House by five men. The next day it was found lying across the road from the public house. In the 1960s a team from the Tonight programme visited Larkhall as they tried to perform the first televised exorcism.
The cameras were frozen over in fine weather and after filming finished the director was killed in a road crash on his way to another location. He was found with a fence post impaled in his heart. One of the town's most notable landmarks is the Morgan Glen viaduct standing over the Avon Water, it spans some 285 yards, at a height of 175 feet, it is the tallest viaduct in Scotland. This has now fallen into disrepair since the closure of the railway line in 1965 and has thus been closed to public access for safety reasons. Larkhall is 2006 World Snooker Championship winner, Graeme Dott. Previous residents include footballing brothers Jim McLean, Willie McLean & Tommy McLean and Paul McStay. Other high-profile former residents include actress Una McLean and BBC Radio Scotland Editor Colin Paterson. Larkhall is responsible for Mhairi Love, a double silver medallist in the 2004 Paralympics for the U. K
Tower of Hallbar
The Tower of Hallbar known as Hallbar Tower and Braidwood Castle, is a 16th-century tower house, located to the west of the River Clyde in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The tower is situated above the Braidwood Burn, 3.5 km south-west of Carluke, 1.5 km east of Crossford. It has been restored and is let out as holiday accommodation; the barony of Braidwood was first granted by Robert the Bruce. In 1581, the barony was transferred to Harie Stewart of Gogar, brother of James Stewart of Bothwellmuir, Earl of Arran during the insanity of the third earl, James Hamilton; the tower was recorded at this time, making it that it was built in response to James V's edict that "tours of fence" be built on all lands over £100 Scots in value. Braidwood, Hallbar with it, came into the possession of Lord Maitland of Thirlestane Castle passing through the hands of the Marquess of Douglas, before changing hands again in 1681, when it was bought by George Lockhart of Lee Castle, whose estate adjoined Braidwood to the south.
By the mid-19th century the tower was in ruins, but dereliction was prevented by Sir Norman Macdonald Lockhart Bt. the young laird of Lee, who had the tower restored by Dr D R Rankin of Carluke in 1861. The upper parts of the castle, including parapet, caphouse and roof, were rebuilt at this time; the tower was leased, generating income for the Lockharts. One notable tenant was the Rev. Neville Donaldson, minister of Glasgow Cathedral, who lived here during the 1950s and 1960s; the last tenant left in 1984, the tower once again became semi-derelict, succumbing to vandalism. Hallbar is still owned by the Lockharts of Lee, but in 1998 a lease was agreed to with the Vivat Trust, a historic buildings preservation trust; the trust agreed to convert the Tower for use as holiday accommodation. Extensive masonry consolidation, including the rebuilding of a defective section of the upper wall together with complete reroofing, was undertaken in conjunction with the restoration of the nearby cottage or bothy to form further accommodation.
The narrow, five-storey tower is only 7.5 m square, with walls up to 1.6 m thick. Each level had a single room, with a winding stair, built into the thickness of the walls, wrapping around and linking the floors. At the basement level was a low-vaulted cellar with its own access; the main door was at level giving access to a small hall. Above this are two further rooms, the second vaulted; the stair continues to a pyramidal caphouse. The west parapet walk is accessed through the garret room at this level; the parapet walks. A projecting garderobe was added on the west wall in the 19th century. Within the outer face of the north gable is a dovecot accessed via a timber walkway from a high-level door; the chimney runs behind the pigeon holes. To the south of the castle, a barmkin or courtyard 30 m by 13 m, was surrounded by a stone wall, it is that the first-floor doorway was accessed from a walkway on top of the courtyard wall. The renovation of 1998 has been sensitively carried out, with few major alterations.
The vaulted cellar now contains a kitchen, while a bathroom has been installed on the second floor, now subdivided into two rooms and a passage. Other works were carried out to strengthen the stone walls, to reduce the weight of the roof. In the hall, the ceiling was painted with a medieval design incorporating the Lockhart arms; the tower is a category A listed building, while the ground to the south, which may once have formed a barmkin, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The tower itself was de-scheduled to allow the conversion works to go ahead; as of 2006, there is a house at Carluke High School named after the tower, for unknown reasons, the school spells it as "Halbar". List of places in South Lanarkshire Mason, Gordon The Castles of Glasgow and the Clyde, Goblinshead, 2000 Salter, Mike The Castles of South West Scotland, Folly Publications, 1993 "The Tower of Hallbar", n.d. leaflet published by the Vivat Trust. National Monuments Record of Scotland Site Reference NS84NW 11 Vivat Trust property page
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is the national fire and rescue service of Scotland. It was formed by the merger of eight regional fire services in the country on 1 April 2013, it thus became the largest fire brigade in the United Kingdom, surpassing the London Fire Brigade After a consultation, the Scottish Government confirmed on 8 September 2011 that a single fire and rescue service would be created in Scotland to replace the eight existing services. Following further consultation on the detailed operation of the service, the Police and Fire Reform Bill was published on 17 January 2012. After scrutiny and debate by the Scottish Parliament, the legislation was approved on 27 June 2012; the Bill duly received royal assent as the Police and Fire Reform Act 2012. This Act created Police Scotland in place of the previous eight regional police forces; the mergers were effective from 1 April 2013. Eight months after the consolidation, an internal report said the reorganisation had not negatively affected operational response.
The service is headquartered in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, which houses a national training centre opened in January 2013. There are a further three service delivery centres in the east and north of the country. On 16 August 2012 the Scottish Government confirmed the first chief fire officer of the new service would be Alasdair Hay acting chief fire officer of Tayside Fire and Rescue Service, following an open recruitment exercise. Pat Watters, former president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, was announced as chair of the service, an appointment to run for three years from September 2012. Members of the SFRS Board appointed in October 2012 were Watters, Bob Benson, James Campbell, Kirsty Darwent, Marieke Dwarshuis, Michael Foxley, Robin Iffla, Bill McQueen, Sid Patten, Neil Pirie, Martin Togneri and Grant Thoms; the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended 25,002 fires in 2014/15. The service delivers a preventative programme, with 65,343 free home fire safety visits conducted in 2015/16.
As well as fighting fires, the service attends tens of thousands of specialist services such as road traffic collisions, water rescues and flooding incidents. In 2014/15 it attended 10,740 non-fire incidents; the service works alongside other emergency services during flooding events to ensure the safety of communities and rescue people in difficulty, with specialist swift water rescue teams positioned on major waterways and areas of activity. Firefighters are called out to water and boat rescues. For example, during Storm Frank in December 2015 the SFRS received 350 flood related calls in the space of six days. In 2015 the SFRS were called out to 78 wildfire incidents in total, with over half of those taking place in the north of Scotland. In 2015 a national trial was launched, in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service, which has seen firefighters at certain stations receive enhanced CPR training aimed at increasing survival rates for people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
As of March 2016, the SFRS operates 356 stations throughout Scotland. Stations are split into three categories: Wholetime: A station with full-time firefighters. Retained: Part-time, on a call-out basis and predominantly based in some of the more rural areas of Scotland. Volunteer: On a call-out basis and predominantly based in some of the more remote villages and islands; the most northerly station is Baltasound on the Shetland Islands. The most southerly is a volunteer station in the village of Drummore in Galloway; the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service National Training Centre opened in January 2013. The facility in Cambuslang features a mock town with realistic motorways, railway tracks and buildings, including a multi-storey tenement structure; the following services were merged to create the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service, Fife Fire and Rescue Service, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and Islands Fire and Rescue Service and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Tayside Fire and Rescue Service.
The number of control rooms handling 999 calls was reduced from eight to three. The consolidation of regional call centres has resulted in a number of dispatching errors. For example, in December 2016 a crew from Raasay was mobilised to an incident on Skye – a journey that would have required taking their fire engine on a ferry – despite an alternative crew being able to reach Skye directly via a road bridge. On another occasion, a crew from Beauly was sent to a blaze 10 miles away in Dingwall as the dispatcher was unaware Dingwall had its own fire station, her Majesty's Fire Service Inspectorate for Scotland Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland List of British firefighters killed in the line of duty Official website BBC news report, 29 March 2013: Why Grampian is losing its unusual white fire engines, other questions... Consultation document: Keeping Scotland Safe and Strong: A Consultation on Reforming Police and Fire and Rescue Services in Scotland Police and Fire Reform Bill
Cambuslang is a suburban town on the south-eastern outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. It is within the local authority area of South Lanarkshire and directly borders the town of Rutherglen to the west, it was a large civil parish incorporating the nearby hamlets of Newton and Halfway. The town is located just south of the River Clyde and about 6 miles south-east of the centre of Glasgow, it has a long history of coal mining and steel making, ancillary engineering works, most Hoover. The Clydebridge Steelworks and other smaller manufacturing businesses continue but most employment in the area comes from the distribution or service industries; the headquarters of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is in Cambuslang. Cambuslang is an ancient part of Scotland where Iron Age remains loom over 21st century housing developments; the local geography explains a great deal of its history. It has been prosperous over time, depending first upon its agricultural land the mineral resources under its soil; these were jealously guarded by the medieval Church, by the local aristocracy the Duke of Hamilton.
Because of its relative prosperity, Cambuslang has been intimately concerned in the politics of the country and of the local Church. Bishop John Cameron of Glasgow, the Scottish King James I's first minister, Cardinal Beaton, a first minister, were both Rectors of Cambuslang; this importance continued following the Protestant Reformation. From until the Glorious Revolution a stream of Ministers of Cambuslang came, were expelled, or were re-instated, according to whether supporters of the King, Covenanters, or Oliver Cromwell were in power; the religious movements of the 18th century, including the Cambuslang Wark, were directly linked to similar movements in North America. The Scottish Enlightenment was well represented in the person of the Minister, his troubles with his parishioners foreshadowed the split in the Church of Scotland during the 19th century. The manufacturing industries that grew up from the agricultural and mineral resources attracted immigrants from all over Scotland and Ireland and other European countries.
Cambuslang benefited at all times from its closeness to the burgeoning city of Glasgow, brought closer in the 18th century by a turnpike road in the 19th century, by a railway. In the 21st century, it continues to derive benefit from its proximity to Glasgow and to wider communication networks via the M74 motorway system, its increasing population posed problems, over the centuries, of employment and housing as well as of schooling and health, not all of which have been solved. In this regard, it is typical of most Scottish towns. In sport, Cambuslang F. C. were founder members of the Scottish Football League whose most notable achievement was being the runners-up of the Scottish Cup in 1888. They folded, as did Scottish Junior Cup winners Cambuslang Hibernian, but a new team Cambuslang Rangers F. C. was established and continues to this day - they enjoyed great success in the 1970s. Cambuslang is in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West Constituency for elections to the House of Commons at Westminster.
Gerard Killen won the seat for the Scottish Labour and Co-operatve Party in the June 2017 election, replacing Margaret Ferrier of the Scottish National Party who had won in 2015. Cambuslang was in the Glasgow Rutherglen Constituency for the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. In 2011 the boundaries were redrawn and the new constituency renamed Rutherglen. In the 2016 elections, Clare Haughey won the seat for the SNP with 15,222 votes, giving a majority of 11.4%, replacing James Kelly, elected both in 2007 and 2011. Administratively, the town centre is within the Cambuslang West ward of South Lanarkshire Council, which has a population of around 15,000. Including another ward of similar size encompassing the eastern parts of the town, its overall population was just over 30,000 in 2016. With neighbouring Rutherglen's figures being similar, the many services and amenities shared between the towns must provide for 60,000 residents; the councillors elected for Cambuslang Wards in the 2007 local elections were: WARD 13 Councillor David Baillie Councillor Russell Clearie Councillor Clare McColl WARD 14 Councillor Walter Brogan Councillor Pam Clearie Councillor John Higgins Councillor John Higgins subsequently died on 29 December 2007, a by-election was held on 6 March 2008.
This was won by Richard Tullett. In the 2012 local elections, the following councillors were elected: WARD 13 Councillor Russell Clearie Councillor Clare McColl Councillor Richard Tullett WARD 14 Councillor Walter Brogan Councillor Pam Clearie Councillor Christine Deanie In the 2017 local elections, the following councillors were elected: WARD 13 Councillor Margaret Walker Councillor Ann Le Blond Councillor John Bradley WARD 14 Councillor Walter Brogan (Scottish Labour Pa
Biggar, South Lanarkshire
Biggar is a town and former burgh in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is situated in the Southern Uplands, near the River Clyde, on the A702; the closest towns are Lanark and Peebles, as such Biggar serves a wide rural area. The population of the town at the 2011 census was 2294 although by the mid-2014 estimate it had grown to 2320; the town was once served by the Symington and Broughton Railway, which ran from the Caledonian Railway at Symington to join the Peebles Railway at Peebles. The station and signal box are still standing but housing has been built on the line running west from the station and the railway running east from the station is a public footpath to Broughton, part of the Biggar Country Path network; the new Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum run by the Biggar Museum Trust opened in 2015 and the Biggar Gasworks Museum is the only preserved gas works in Scotland. Additionally, Biggar has Scotland's only permanent puppet theatre, Biggar Puppet Theatre, run by the Purves Puppets family.
Biggar was the birthplace of the grandfather of William Ewart Gladstone. Hugh MacDiarmid spent his years at Brownsbank, near the town. Ian Hamilton Finlay's home and garden at Little Sparta is nearby in the Pentland Hills; the fictional Midculter, which features in Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles novels, is set here. The town hosts the Biggar Little Festival; the town has traditionally held a huge bonfire at Hogmanay. In 2007 local estate agent John Riley, encouraged a group of Biggar residents to launch the Carbon Neutral Biggar project, with the stated aim of becoming the first carbon neutral town in Scotland; the launch of the project, covered in both local and national media, took place at the town's annual eco forum in May 2007. The group has formed links with the town of Ashton Hayes in Cheshire, which has a similar group working toward carbon neutral status for the town; this town has two schools, one primary, one secondary. The secondary school, Biggar High School admits pupils from surrounding small towns and villages.
Biggar Primary is a small school, located on South Back Road, with a current roll of 238 pupils. Primary pupils have lunch just offsite in the Biggar Primary Sports Barn; the High School, located on John’s Loan and adjacent to the primary, shares its sports facilities with the primary school when the occasion demands it. The annual primary Sports Day is held on the High School playing field. Biggar occupies a key location close to two of Scotland's great rivers, the Clyde flowing to the west, the Tweed flowing to the east. Stone and Bronze-age artefacts have been found in the area but the strongest evidence of settlement occurs on the hills surrounding the town. One of these is Bizzyberry Hill where Iron Age remains dating back 2000 years have been found; the present day A702 follows the route of a Roman road, which linked the Clyde Valley with Musselburgh. In the 12th century, in return for the promise of support, King David I gave the lands of Biggar to Baldwin, a Fleming leader, he built a bailey castle, which can still be seen north-west of the High Street.
The first permanent crossing of the Biggar Burn was built. It is thought that there has been a church at Biggar since the 6th or 7th century, although the first stone kirk was built in 1164, on the site of the existing kirk. In the 14th century, the Fleming family were given lands in the area by Robert the Bruce, whose cause they had supported; the Flemings built Boghall Castle, visible as a ruin until the early 20th century, but now only represented by a few mounds. The town continued to grow as an important market town, in 1451 the town became a burgh; the market place remains the central focus of the town. The kirk was rebuilt as a Collegiate church in 1546 for Malcolm, 3rd Lord Fleming, the last to be established before the Reformation of 1560; the Flemings found themselves on the wrong side in the 16th century, when they supported Mary, Queen of Scots. Their lands remained in the Fleming family until the 18th century when the male line of succession ended; the lands passed into the Elphinstone family in 1735 on the marriage of the heiress Lady Clementina Fleming to Charles, Lord Elphinstone.
Biggar Gas Works opened in 1836. In 1973, with the introduction of natural gas, the works closed. Biggar had its own railway station on the Symington and Broughton Railway between 1860 and 1953. In early 1900 a farmer located in Biggar founded Albion Motors as a small business which grew into the largest truck company in the British Empire; the company still exists as part of the Leyland DAF group. The archives of Albion motors can still be found in Biggar. In the summer of 1940 several thousands of Polish soldiers were stationed here, having been evacuated after the collapse of France; the singer Richard Tauber, whose wife Diana Napier was working with the Polish Red Cross, put on a special performance of the operetta The Land of Smiles during a two-week run in Glasgow. The Polish soldiers moved to the east coast of Scotland to defend the coast and to train for their deployment as the 1st Polish Armoured Division in Normandy and the Netherlands. John Brown Physician and essayist was born in a house in the South Back Road in 1810, at that time a manse.
He is commemorated with a plaque on the front wall of the municipal hall. John Pairman Artist is buried in the parish churchyard. Prof Thomas Purdie chemist Erich Schaedler Footballer The town of Biggar is 200 metres above sea level. List of places in South Lanarkshire Biggar, South Lanarkshire at Curlie