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The Memorial Garden at Strathclyde Park
Plaque to the village in the Memorial Garden
Plaque to Bothwellhaugh men who died in the wars.
The "Roman Bridge"

Bothwellhaugh was a coal-mining village in Lanarkshire, housing Hamilton Palace Colliery workers and their families. Locals referred to the village as The Pailis. It was located near to the towns of Motherwell, Bellshill and Hamilton, being occupied from the mid-1880s until it was demolished in 1965.[1]

Pre-mining History

The remains of the Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort and a Roman bath house were found in the park;[2] it is around a day's march from the Antonine Wall. James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh, became notorious for being the assassin of James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, Regent of Scotland, at Linlithgow in 1570.

Mining Village

There were two coal mines on the site operated by the Bent Colliery Company. Housing was developed from the late 1880s until 1905.[3] Before WW1 over 2,000 tons of coal a day were being produced by over 1,000 miners.[4] The mining from this pit led to the demolition of Hamilton Palace due to subsidence.[5]

Decline and flooding

The pit shut in May 1959[6] as flooding in the pits which went under the River Clyde meant that pumping became a major cost.[7] The houses had fallen into poor state of repair and sewage was becoming a problem.[8]

The site of the village has now been flooded to produce Strathclyde Loch, within Strathclyde Country Park.[9][3][10] about ten miles south-east of Glasgow.

The Bothwellhaugh name is retained in a set of football/rugby pitches operated by North Lanarkshire Council,[11][12] near to the M&D's amusement park and the Raith Interchange of the M74 motorway / A725.


There is a cairn at Strathclyde Park to remember the village.[13] Former residents of the village hold an annual reunion, meeting at the cairn.[14] A memorial to the village and visitor centre has been proposed at the old Raith farm workers cottage.[15]


Bothwellhaugh: A Lanarkshire mining community, 1884-1965 Robert Duncan, ISBN 1870140001 ISBN 9781870140003 Workers Educational Association, 1986


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  7. Swarbrick, Susan (11 February 2017). "Breathing fresh life into the story of forgotten Lanarkshire mining village Bothwellhaugh". The Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  8. Abandoned Communities ..... Bothwellhaugh Abandoned Communities - Bothwellhaugh, Retrieved 28 November 2010
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  10. Strathclyde Park then and now. Abandoned Communities - Bothwellhaugh, Retrieved 28 November 2010
  11. "Work starts at park". Motherwell Times. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2018. 
  12. "Football: Bothwellhaugh Football Pitches". North Lanarkshire Leisure. Retrieved 8 August 2018. 
  13. Howarth, Angus (16 January 2017). "The former mining village submerged under Strathclyde Loch". The Scotsman. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  14. Swarbrick, Susan (11 February 2017). "Museum hopes for former Lanarkshire mining village". Evening Times. Retrieved 8 August 2018. 
  15. McNeill, Alastair (18 August 2017). "Plans for £100k visitor centre to mark 'lost' mining village under the loch at Strathclyde Park". Daily Record. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 

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