|Location within South Lanarkshire|
|Population||7,484  (2011 Census) est. 7,500 (2013)|
|• Edinburgh||39 mi (63 km)|
|• London||330 miles (531 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Strathaven (// (listen); Scots: Straiven; from Scottish Gaelic: Strath Aibhne [s̪t̪ɾah ˈajnə], 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. The current estimated population is 7,500.
Location[change | change source]
The town is located on the edge of the strath of the Avon Water, around 6 miles (10 km) from Hamilton and 18 miles (29 km) from Glasgow. The A71, which connects Edinburgh and Kilmarnock passes through the town. In the 2001 census the town had a population of 7,700. Strathaven has one secondary school and three primary schools - Kirklandpark Primary, Wester Overton Primary, and St Patrick's Primary. It also has a grass airfield about 2 miles (3 km) to the north west on Lethame Road.
Strathaven railway stations[change | change 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 | change 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 | change source]
- Bertie Auld Footballer and one of the Lisbon Lions who played with Celtic
- Stuart Braithwaite Singer and musician with the band Mogwai
- William Craig Brownlee Clergyman, author and Professor of Languages at Rutgers University
- Eric Caldow Scottish international footballer who played with Rangers
- William Craig Surgeon and botanist, President of the Edinburgh Botanical Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
- David Fernández Spanish footballer who spent most of his career in Scotland playing at clubs including Celtic and Kilmarnock
- James Mackinnon Fowler Australian politician and founding member of the Victorian Socialist League
- Gordon Gibb Businessman, CEO of Flamingo Land Ltd and former chairman of Bradford City Football Club.
- 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
- Thomas Leiper Tobacco merchant 
- Barry Leitch Composer
- Stuart McCall Scottish international footballer who played for Rangers, Everton and Bradford City
- Una McLean Actress and comedian
- Aileen Neilson Paralympian
- Linda Fabiani (Scottish politician) SNP politician and former Scottish Executive Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture
- Linda Ormiston Opera singer and actress
- Corrie Scott Swimmer and bronze medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
- Stevie Starr Performance artist and contestant on Britain's Got Talent and America's Got Talent
- Andy Stewart, Conservative MP from 1983-92 for Sherwood, and Chairman from 1992-8 of the Agricultural Training Board
- Ricky Warwick Singer and guitarist with rock bands The Almighty and Circus Diablo currently new vocalist with Thin Lizzy
- James Wilson Revolutionary leader who participated in the Scottish Insurrection of 1820
References[change | change source]
- "Strathaven (South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom) - Population, Map and Location by »City Population«". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- "The Online Scots Dictionary". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- "Sir Harry Lauder (1870 - 1950) with Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) at Lauder's estate, Lauder Ha', in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire". National Galleries of Scotland.
- "Thomas Leiper and family business records, 1771-1947". dla.library.upenn.edu. Archived from the original on 18 November 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
- "BBC - Una McLean retires her River City role as matriarch Molly O'Hara - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
- "Corrie Scott". Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
- "Black Star Riders owe inspiration to Scottish roots". Glasgow Times.