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Population : 1,447 (2001 Census)
Carnwath is a village south west of Edinburgh and South East of Glasgow on the Southern edge of the Pentland Hills in Lanarkshire.
A Brief History of Carnwath
Although Carnwath is predominately agricultural the village also provides an excellent base for commuters, being so close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The village itself and the area around it features some excellent country attractions.
The Wee Bush Inn in Carwath was first established in the 1750's, benefiting from the main turnpike road from Ayr to Edinburgh. Because of this the inn maintains a prominent position by the roadside. The Inn's thatched roof was covered with corrugated iron for many years until the mid 1980's when Mrs Helen Wilson, the landlady renovated the whole building and restored the roof to its former thatched glory. Sadly, the Inn caught fired in 2002 and although rebuilding began the following year the roof has been replaced with slate.
Another feature of historical interest in Carwath is the Carwath Cross. The cross stands in the village centre and was built by Hugh, 5th Lord in July 1516. Allegedly it was built in conjunction of a Charter granted by King James the 2nd, in 1514 which rodered a market cross to be erected.
In 1962 the Cross was blown down but was renovated and re-erected, with the addition of a small metal cross on its top. Further to this a Mr Aitken in 1970 left money to purchase a new Urn which was also added to the crown of the cross.
St Mary's Aisle is the only remaining part of the Collegiate Church built in Carnwath in 1386. It stands at the west entrance to Carnwath alongside the parish church and is recognised as a Category A listed building. St Mary's Aisle is the mausoleum of the Lockhart family and previously of the Earls of Carnwath and the Lords Somerville.
As well as these historical element, Carnwath has its own primary school, Carnwath Primary. The school is a non-denominational and co-educational school for children between three and twelve years of age. As well as excellent computer facilities, children in primary 6 and 7 have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument with the tuition of a specialist music tutor from Biggar High School.
Famous faces from Carnwath
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