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Lanarkshire

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Lanarkshire was a county of great contrasts.   In the south it was rural and sparsely populated, while in the north it was heavily industrialised.  Historically, it could be said that Scotland's wars of independence started in the county when William Wallace killed the English Sheriff of Clydesdale in 1297, thus igniting a nation's discontent. 

At St. Bride's Church in Douglas is the tomb of "The Good" Sir James Douglas (also known as The Black Douglas).   King Robert Bruce had dearly wanted to join the crusades and his dying wish was that at least his heart should be taken on crusade.  The embalmed heart was entrusted to Sir James, the late king's most trusted lieutenant, but got no further than Spain where Sir James was killed in battle against the Moors.  Sir James was brought back to Douglas, and Bruce's heart to Melrose. 

Centuries later, as Lanarkshire was engulfed by the industrial revolution, a philanthropist called David Dale established New Lanark where the mill workers enjoyed unprecedented  welfare schemes.  The village is now a World Heritage Site.

The explorer David Livingstone was born in a tenement at Blantyre in the north of the county, just across the Clyde from Bothwell Castle, possibly the finest 13th century castle in Scotland.  Bothwell featured strongly in the Scottish Wars of Independence and it was the headquarters of Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke and the English Warden of Scotland until its surrender to the Scots in 1314. It later passed into Douglas hands.  Livingtone is commemorated in Blantyre by the Livingstone National Memorial and Museum.

Family names associated with Lanarkshire include Douglas, Hamilton, Lockhart, Somerville, Carmichael and Fleming.

Our map of Lanarkshire has a stitch count of 160 x 199 and, when stitched on the supplied 27-count Linda evenweave, measures 13 x 14 inches (335 x 275 mm). There are 18 buildings, place names, compass, and crest. Twenty-seven shades of Anchor stranded cotton are included.

Kit 27.95 UK pounds
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