"A village and a parish in the Middle Ward of Lanarkshire". "The village, now incorporated in WISHAW police burgh, stands 1 mile WSW of Newmains station and 1½ miles NE of Wishaw station; contains a masonic hall, the parish church, a Free church and a public school; and has fairs of the second Thursday of May and the fourth Thursday of October."
"The parish contains also the towns and villages of Wishaw, Newmains, Overtown, Coltness Iron-works, Clydesdale-Rows, Chapel, Stane, Morningside, Waterloo, Bonkle, and part of Shotts Iron-works."
"The tract along the Clyde is low and level, consisting of beautiful fertile haughs, and sinking to less than 100 feet above sea-level; the surface thence has a general eastward rise, attaining .......... 950 (feet) on Auchterhead Muir."
"The central parts, though naturally rich in aspect, are disfigured by mining operations, mineral works, and coal traffic."
(Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland 1884)