Little Book of Scotland sheds some light on Clydesdale’s past

A worthy mention...for Wanlockhead Railway
A worthy mention...for Wanlockhead Railway

A NEW book reveals that we here around Clydesdale started off as Britons, speaking Welsh, who joined an Irish tribe called the Scots who now talk to each other in English.

It also claims Lanark’s great hero Wallace WASN’T The Braveheart!

Confused? You won’t be if you read The Little Book of Scotland, a new work by Geoff Holder which is crammed with historical facts about our country, delivered with more than just a touch of humour and irony.

Within its 190 pages, the reader will find out an awful lot about themselves and their nation they might not have known before.

And Clydesdale’s part in the country’s story is far from ignored.

Logically, it starts off with our origins, showing that today’s ‘Scots’ are a very mixed bag indeed, wide variations in our forefathers even around here meaning that someone from, say, Lanark might have some ancient Welsh blood in their veins while just up the road in Thankerton you’d be more likely to have a Viking back down the family tree.

Then the actual land itself is studied, our very own Wanlockhead being identified as Scotland’s highest village at 1,531 feet above sea level; this also gives the Wanlockhead Inn Scotland’s highest pub title.