Hamilton, an important Scottish town with a long history

Netherton Cross, Hamilton Old Parish Church

This evening, I am posting information on the central Scotland town of Hamilton which has a population of 53,000 and is located about 14 miles S.E.of Glasgow.

Hamilton was formerly known as Cadzow and has extensive historical connections with leading aristocratic family, the Hamiltons.

Today, the Duke of Hamilton is a title in the Peerage of Scotland, created in 1643. It is the senior dukedom in that Peerage, and as such its holder is the Premier Peer of Scotland, as well as being head of both the House of Hamilton and the House of Douglas.

Provided below is information on a selection of key sites and artifacts in Hamilton.

Above and below are images of the Netherton Cross which now stands in the grounds of Hamilton Old Parish Church, Scotland.This cross:
  • Dates from the 10th/11th centuries.
  • Ranks as the oldest example of Christianity in Hamilton.
  • Is an example of British Strathclyde  sculpture influenced by Manx-Norse design.
  • Originally stood in open ground in what is now Strathclyde Country Park.
  • Was moved to its current location in 1925 with preservation in mind.
Netherton Cross, Hamilton Old Parish Church.

Hamilton Academical F.C. is a professional football (soccer) club in the Scottish Premier League.
Summary facts and information:
  • Established 1874 as the school team of Hamilton Academy and progressively evolved into a professional team ranking in the top flight of Scottish Football.
  • Home ground is New Douglas Park which was opened in 2001 and has a capacity of 6076.The pitch has an artificial surface.
  • In 2018/9 season Hamilton ranked 10th in the Scottish Premier League.

Hamilton Academical F.C.

Hamilton Academical F.C.
Chatelherault Country Park which includes an 18th century hunting lodge and summer-house to the former Dukes of Hamilton. From here it is possible to avail of a short walk over the Dukes Bridge (80 ft above the Avon Gorge) to the ruins of 16th century Cadzow Castle, Cadzow Oaks (possibly 500 years old) and earthworks dating from the Iron-Age (about 2000 years old).

View from Chatelherault Visitor Centre, Scotland

Restored Hunting Lodge and Summer House, Chatelherault

Ruins of Cadzow Castle, Chatelherault.

Cadzow Oaks, Chatelherault Country Park, Scotland

Iron-Age Site, Chatelherault Country Park. This site dates back around 2000 years.
Hamilton Old Parish Church which was designed by famous Scots architect, William Adam and dates from 1734.

Hamilton Old Parish Church
The former Edwardian  (early 20th century) Town Hall which now houses the library and concert hall.

Former Town Hall
Low Parks Museum, a former 16th century stagecoach inn, which is now the oldest building in Hamilton.


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