Lanark Map History

History for the Lanark Urban Map

As you will all be aware, along with the annual Tinto Twin, the history of the area on the map is one of the Tinto trade marks. You will also have noticed that we didn’t manage to include it in the unveiling of our new Lanark map. So where did you run? – obviously not everyone passed all of these! adult courses only.

Shortly after your start, you navigated around Lanark Grammar School, founded in 1183 and the oldest continuous school in Scotland. On your way to the next controls you passed the Braidfute Retail Park (Marion Braidfute was William Wallace’s bride) which is on the site of the old Lanark Auction Market, before pass St Mary’s Church with one of the tallest spires in the country. Some of you would then travel north past the new Health Centre with the statue of a mother and child in tribute to Lanarkian, William Smellie – the father of British Obstetrics.

If you ventured to the bottom of the High Street you would have passed the large statue of William Wallace on St Nicholas Church Steeple which houses a bell dating back to 1110. As you then dropped down into Castlebank Park, you passed the site of Lanark Castle which in 1297 was home to Haselrig, the then Sheriff of Lanark before he was slayen at the beginning of the Scottish Wars of Independence – and Braveheart!

You finished your run by re-entering New Lanark, the visionary project of Robert Owen and David Dale and now a World Heritage Site.

Photo of authorPosted on 27th Oct 13
by Lorna Young


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