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" Lesmahagow, par. and vil. with ry. sta., Lanarkshire - par., 41,299 ac., pop. 9949; vil. (also called Abbey Green), on river Nethan, 6 miles SW. of Lanark and 12 miles SE. of Hamilton, pop. 1386; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks; the parish church stands on the site of a 12th century priory; Lesmahagow is chiefly a mining parish, but large quantities of fruit are also grown."

From John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887


Lesmahagow - The Parish and The People
written by Bill Clelland, this small book is available from the Lesmahagow Parish Historical Association and any profits from sales also go to this body.


Lanarkshire Family History Society have for sale Indexes of the 1851 census including for Lesmahagow.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Lesmahagow area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Dates of Old Parish Registers

The Church of Scotland congregations in Lesmahagow come under the Presbytery of Lanark

On Friday 30th November 1683, John Cochrane, a shoemaker from Lesmahagow, was executed with other Covenanters.
John Steel was a leader of the Covenanters in the Lesmahagow area and some information about him, his father Robert and his brother William can be found here.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Lesmahagow which are provided by:

Description of the Parish of Lesmahagow.


Ask the GENUKI Gazetteer for a calculation of the distance from Lesmahagow to another place.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Lesmahagow has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Although not specifically a family history society, the Lesmahagow Parish Historical Association has a very substantial collection and answers many queries each year on family history. They have OPRs, Census (incl.1821!), graveyard transcriptions, Poll tax, 18th century Cess, Minister's catechising list etc etc.  They don't have a web site but can be contacted via Julian Hodgson, 12 Greenrig Road, Hawksland, Lesmahagow ML11 9QA


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NS814398 (Lat/Lon: 55.637282, -3.885675), Lesmahagow which are provided by:


Lesmahagow High School

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