Strathaven (Gaelic: Srath Aibhne /stra 'əjnə/) (pronounced: Stra'ven [ˈstɹeɪvn̩], meaning: valley of the Avon)[source?] is a small town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The town has was granted a Royal Charter in 1450, making the Town of Strathaven a Burgh of Barony.
Strathaven railway stations[change | edit source]
Strathaven had, at various times, three railway stations.
- Strathaven station, the first station, was the terminus of the Hamilton and Strathaven Railway. The railway was taken over by the Caledonian Railway; and the station was replaced by Strathaven North railway station.
- Strathaven North railway station, a terminal station on the Hamilton and Strathaven Branch of the Caledonian Railway, opened in October 1904, closed temporarily during World War I; and closed on 30 September 1945.
- Strathaven Central railway station, on the line from Stonehouse to Drumclog, closed in June 1964.
Sport[change | edit source]
Strathaven is home to several sports clubs, which include:
- Strathaven Dynamo AFC
- Strathaven Rugby Club
- Strathaven Golf Club
- Strathaven Bowling Club
- Avondale Bowling Club
- Strathaven Tennis Club
- Strathaven Badminton Club (Currently Meets in Larkhall due to the rebuilding of the sports centre).
Famous Residents (Past and Present)[change | edit source]
- Bertie Auld Footballer and one of the Lisbon Lions who played with Celtic
- William Cochran Painter
- Sir Robert Giffen Financial editor of The Times newspaper and President of the Royal Statistical Society
- Andy Kerr Labour Politician and former Scottish Executive Health Minister
- Sir Harry Lauder Singer, comedian and music hall entertainer
- Una McLean Actress and comedian
- Ricky Warwick Singer and guitarist with rock bands The Almighty and Circus Diablo
- James Wilson Revolutionary leader who participated in the Scottish Insurrection of 1820