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Coordinates: 55°40′30″N 3°46′37″W / 55.674903°N 3.777019°W / 55.674903; -3.777019
The Royal Burgh of Lanark
Scottish Gaelic: Lannraig
Scots: Lanrik
Lanark High Street, August 2006
 The Royal Burgh of Lanark shown within South Lanarkshire
Population 8,253 [1]
OS grid reference NS8843
    - Edinburgh  29.5 miles 
    - London  325 miles 
Council area South Lanarkshire
Lieutenancy area Lanarkshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LANARK
Postcode district ML11
Dialling code 01555
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Lanark and Hamilton East
Scottish Parliament Clydesdale
List of places

Lanark is a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is close to Carluke and Biggar. Lanark is aproximately 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.


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

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