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Shotts, North Lanarkshire

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Shotts, North Lanarkshire

Shotts is a small rural town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located almost halfway between Glasgow (21 miles) and Edinburgh (29 miles). As of the 2001 census, the population was 8,235. A local story has Shotts being named after the legendary giant Bertram de Shotts, though toponymists give the Anglo-Saxon derived 'sceots' (steep slopes) as the real source of the name. Shotts was known for its mining and ironworks.
Administrative CountyNorth Lanarkshire
Traditional CountyLanarkshire
OS GridNS8760
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityStrathclyde

Shotts, North Lanarkshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Shotts, par. and vil. with ry. sta., Lanarkshire - par. (containing Harthill and Benhar, Calderhead, and part of vil. of Shotts Ironworks), 24,944 ac., pop. 11,214; vil., 2¾ miles NW. of Shotts sta., which is 16½ miles SE. of Glasgow; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Coal and ironstone abound in the par., and are largely worked. Janet Hamilton (1795-1873), the poetess, was a native.

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