Shotts is a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located almost halfway between Glasgow (21 miles) and Edinburgh (29 miles). The town has a population of about 8,840.[1][2] A local story has Shotts being named after the legendary giant Bertram de Shotts,[3] though toponymists give the Anglo-Saxon derived 'sceots' (steep slopes) as the real source of the name.[4] Shotts is the home of the 2015 world champion pipe band, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.[5]


Until 1457[6] Shotts was part of the Lanarkshire parish of Bothwell.[7] Groome related that the pre-reformation church of Bertramshotts is mentioned in a Papal bull in 1476.[8] The parish, one of the largest in Lowland Scotland, was sometimes called Shotts[9] but officially it was known as Bertram Shotts.[10]

Shotts was known for its mining and ironworks. These were developed when transport by canal and railway became possible.[11] 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.


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.[12]

Blaeu's map[13] based on Pont's original[14] "Glasgow and the county of Lanark" map c.1596 depicting Schots (Shotts), Falas (Fauldhouse), Torbrecks (Tarbrax), Allentoun (Allanton) etc.
Shotts Iron Works
Shotts Calderhead- Erskine Parish Church


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 town.[15] On the first Saturday in June each year, Shotts hosts its own Highland Games in Hannah Park.[16]

Football Teams

HMP Shotts

HMP Shotts, a high security prison, is located between Shotts and Salsburgh.


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

Schools Within Shotts

  • St.Patrick's Primary
  • Stane Primary
  • Dykehead Primary
  • Calderhead High School

Notable Shotts people

Grossart Street Salsburgh named after the surgeon and historian William Grossart


  1. ^ "Key Facts 2016 - Demography". North Lanarkshire Council. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Estimated population of localities by broad age groups, mid-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Mackay, George (2002). Scottish Place Names
  5. ^ "Scotland celebrates 'outstanding' World Pipe Band Championships". BBC News. 15 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Pomphrey's directory of Wishaw and handbook of the parish of Cambusnethan: with Shotts supplement (3rd ed.). Wishaw: W. Pomphrey. 1893. p. 16. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "County Maps". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Groome, Francis Hindes (1882). Ordnance gazetteer of Scotland : a survey of Scottish topography, statistical, biographical, and historical (Vol 6 ed.). Edinburgh: T.C. Jack. pp. 349–351. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  9. ^ Bruce, Archibald (1791). The statistical account of Scotland. Drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes. [electronic resource] (Vol XV ed.). Edinburgh: William Creech. pp. 49–64. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Colvin, Walter L. (1845). The new statistical account of Scotland (Vol 6 ed.). Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons. pp. 624–635. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  11. ^ Grossart, William (1880). Historic Notices and Domestic History of the Parish of Shotts. from Shotts Parish Coal & Ironworks on the Scottish Mining site. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "25 inch O.S. Map with zoom and Bing overlay". National Library of Scotland. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 30 December 2017. 
  13. ^ Blaeu, Joan. "Glottiana Praefectura Inferior". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 30 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Glasgow and the county of Lanark - Pont 34". Maps of Scotland. Timothy Pont (16th century). Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "Shotts Golf Club". Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Shotts Highland Games". 
  17. ^ "Michelle Barr Bio". Dartmouth Sports. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  18. ^ Pickering, Peter; Shaw-jones, John. "Mining Review 4th Year No. 12". British Film Industry. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  19. ^ Brian McIver (6 July 2009). "Newsreader Catriona Shearer prepares to make big time bow on Reporting Scotland". Daily Record. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 

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