Shotts - Metal worker statue.JPG

Metalworker statue in village centre.
Shotts is located in North Lanarkshire
Location within North Lanarkshire
Population8,630 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townShotts
Postcode districtML7
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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55°49′23″N 3°48′14″W / 55.823°N 3.804°W / 55.823; -3.804Coordinates: 55°49′23″N 3°48′14″W / 55.823°N 3.804°W / 55.823; -3.804

Shotts is a town[2] in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located almost halfway between Glasgow (17 miles or 27 kilometres) and Edinburgh (26 miles or 42 kilometres). The village has a population of about 8,840.[3][4] A local story has Shotts being named after the legendary giant highwayman Bertram de Shotts,[5] though toponymists give the Anglo-Saxon scēots ("steep slopes") as the real source of the name.[6] Shotts is the home of the 2015 world champion pipe band, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.[7]


Until 1457[8] Shotts was part of the Lanarkshire parish of Bothwell.[9] Groome related that the pre-reformation church of Bertramshotts is mentioned in a Papal bull in 1476.[10] The parish, one of the largest in Lowland Scotland, was sometimes called Shotts[11] but officially it was known as Bertram Shotts.[12]

In 1831 the Duke of Hamilton owned most of the land.[13]

Shotts was known for its mining and ironworks. The Shotts Iron Company was first established in 1801 and provided employment for Shotts and the surrounding area for 150 years, and was eventually wound up in 1952.[14][15] These were developed when transport by canal and railway became possible.[16] By the late 1800s the ironworks had grown to the extent that the village slogan was "Shotts lights the world", as gas lamp standards made here were exported throughout the British Empire and beyond.[17] In the years leading up to World War II there were 22 coal mines in the area, but Northfield Colliery, the last of these, closed in the 1960s.


Blaeu's map[18] based on Pont's original[19] "Glasgow and the county of Lanark" map c.1596 depicting Schots (Shotts), Falas (Fauldhouse), Torbrecks (Tarbrax), Allentoun (Allanton) etc.
Blaeu's map[18] based on Pont's original[19] "Glasgow and the county of Lanark" map c.1596 depicting Schots (Shotts), Falas (Fauldhouse), Torbrecks (Tarbrax), Allentoun (Allanton) etc.

Shotts is south of the M8 in North Lanarkshire between Wishaw and Harthill. Historically the Shotts Iron Works were between Calderhead, source of the South Calder Water, and Stane.[20] Shotts parish was originally made up of five villages: Dykehead,[21] Calderside, Stane, Springhill and Torbothie; all growing up around the old coach roads between Glasgow and Edinburgh that expanded and merged during the 18th and 19th centuries following the growth in mining.[22]

Nearby is Kirk o' Shotts transmitting station.

Knowhoble Hill

Shotts Iron Works
Shotts Iron Works
Shotts Calderhead- Erskine Parish Church
Shotts Calderhead- Erskine Parish Church

Knowhoble Hill, lying beside Teilling Burn, was the site of adwelling belonging to the Cleland (Clevland) family.


Hannah Park
Hannah Park

Shotts has a number of sports facilitated in the local community. Shotts Golf Club, an 18-hole course founded in 1895, is to the North-East of the village.[23] On the first Saturday in June each year, Shotts hosts its own Highland Games in Hannah Park.[24]

Football Teams

HMP Shotts

HMP Shotts, a high security prison holding male prisoners with maximum security classification, is located between Shotts and Salsburgh. It opened in 1978 and provided a new source of employment after the closure of the mines.


The village is served by Shotts railway station, which is connected on the Shotts Line between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Schools Within Shotts

Notable Shotts people

Grossart Street Salsburgh named after the surgeon and historian William Grossart
Grossart Street Salsburgh named after the surgeon and historian William Grossart


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  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1851). A topographical dictionary of Scotland, comprising the several counties, islands, cities, burgh and market towns, parishes, and principal villages, with historical and statistical descriptions: embellished with engravings of the seals and arms of the different burghs and universities. London: S. Lewis and co. pp. 125–127. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
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