Carluke Parish Historical Society

Carluke Parish Historical Society

Carluke Parish Historical Society was formed after a public meeting in December 1978. The name and constitution were adopted at the first AGM in January 1979.

Our aims are:

1. To stimulate public interest in and awareness of the natural features of and human activity in the Parish past and present.

2.To discover, acquire, copy, compile and preserve all records, objects and artefacts of local interest.

3. To work towards the eventual establishment of and thereafter to maintain or assist in maintaining a local museum or permanent exhibition place. 

4. To pursue these ends by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, conferences and publicity.

Our archives continue to grow. The computer and digital age has helped us greatly in copying and preserving records and photographs. – gone are the days of dark rooms and negatives.
Our speakers are always happy to spread the word about Carluke’s rich and varied history to schools and other organisations.

After much fundraising, we acquired our Heritage Centre in 1986. All are welcome at our monthly open mornings to browse and chat about Carluke. Visitors come from all over the world and the Centre can be opened at any time to make our records available to researchers.


Contact Christine Warren:
[email protected]


  • Arthur Ramage, D.C.M., M.M. & Bar, Croix de Guerre, Mentioned In Dispatches Commemoration Ceremony
  • Carluke Parish and The Great War Publications (1914-16 ; 1917-19)
  • Acquisition of Robert Forrest’s Statue of Burns
  • Recording House Names
  • Liaison with Carluke Development Trust on the High Mill Project
  • Graveyard Tours
  • Talks to local schools and organisations
  • Newsletter
  • Creation of a new website and Facebook page

THE HERITAGE CENTRE at 79, Hamilton Street, Carluke, ML8 4HA

The Centre is home to a fantastic collection of artefacts, ephemera, records and photographs charting the history of Carluke Parish. We welcome any item pertaining to Carluke and we can copy and return precious photos and documents on the spot.  We also like reminiscing.  Why not come along and see us? 

Normal Opening Hours are the last Saturday of the month, Jan.-Nov. (10a.m. – 12noon). However, due to the present pandemic, we are closed to the public. However, the Centre can still be opened for non-local researchers and visitors.  Arrange access by emailing [email protected]. Carluke Library also has contact phone numbers. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.  Hamilton Street is both a dead-end and a busy street so it is easier to park at Aldi on Kirkton Street and cross at the pedestrian crossing.

If you cannot visit us then check out our website at or look us up on Facebook.



Carluke Parish, which includes not only the town of Carluke but also the communities of Law, Braidwood, Yieldshields, Kilncadzow and a small part of Crossford has an interesting history. 

An area dependent on agriculture and weaving in earlier centuries, the parish, aided by the development of the Glasgow to Carlisle trunk road and the railway, diversified into iron manufacturing, coal mining and engineering as well as the manufacture of bricks, tiles, furniture, and jam throughout the 19th century.

Some examples of our history:

  • The High Mill, which stands at the top of Chapel Street, is one of the last surviving windmills in Scotland.
  • The 3 V.C.s – William Angus, Thomas Caldwell and Donald Cameron – along with the highly decorated Arthur Ramage – represent the bravery demonstrated by so many of the men and women from the parish in both WW1 and WW2. Our town signs, “Carluke, a Town called Courage”, were designed in their honour.
  • Major-General William Roy, who was born in Carluke, is regarded as the founding father of the Ordnance Survey mapping system.
  • Sportsmen who have represented Scotland. To name a few – John Cumming, Joe Dodds, Graham and Douglas Adamson, Ian McCafferty.
  • Our long-running family businesses, Ramsay’s and R. and W. Scott’s, were formed in the 19th century.
  • Carluke had the only RAF Maintenance Unit in Scotland in WW2 (MU 63). All crashed planes, including that of Rudolf Hess, came to Carluke.
  • A world famous hackney horse stud was in Yieldshields.
  • Braidwood had a world champion draughts player.
  • Kilncadzow has a limestone mining history.
  • In the valley near Crossford, two 19th century sculptors worked. Their statues can be seen all over Scotland.




If you would like to contribute your skills to the Society, there are plenty of opportunities to do so, for example:

  • Scanning and cataloguing photographs
  • Copy and digitising written records
  • Oral history recording
  • Research
  • Maintenance of Centre and grounds
  • Staffing Open Mornings and Exhibitions

You do not need to be a CPHS member to volunteer. Email us for further info at [email protected]



  • Share your passion for local history
  • Share in raising awareness of the Parish of Carluke’s heritage
  • Share your experiences of life in Carluke Parish
  • Share your photographic memories of life in our area
  • Share your skills and expertise
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