Lanark

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The Royal Burgh of Lanark
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Lanark High Street, August 2006
The Royal Burgh of Lanark is located in South Lanarkshire
The Royal Burgh of Lanark
The Royal Burgh of Lanark
The Royal Burgh of Lanark shown within South Lanarkshire
Population8,253 [1]
OS grid referenceNS8843
• Edinburgh29.5 miles
• London325 miles
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLANARK
Postcode districtML11
Dialling code01555
PoliceScottish
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
EU ParliamentScotland
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55°40′30″N 3°46′37″W / 55.674903°N 3.777019°W / 55.674903; -3.777019Coordinates: 55°40′30″N 3°46′37″W / 55.674903°N 3.777019°W / 55.674903; -3.777019

Lanark is a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is close to Carluke and Biggar. Lanark is approximately 40 miles from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. William Wallace once lived there. There is a statue of Wallace on the town church. A plaque remembers where he "first drew sword to free his native land" in 1296, when he killed Heselrig, the English sheriff of Lanark. This event forms the start of the Mel Gibson film, Braveheart.

Lanark is also notable for its annual Lanimer celebrations, where local children on coloured floats parade through the streets along with marching pipe bands. A Lanimer Queen is elected from the children, and crowned in a ceremony at the foot of the High Street. A Lord Cornet is chosen from local businessmen, and acts as escort for the Queen for the events of Lanimer Week.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Comparative Population Profile: Lanark Locality, Scotland". 2001 Scottish Census. General Register Office for Scotland. Retrieved 30 September 2011.