IF you’ve ever wondered why Lanark Library is known as The Lindsay Institute, the Gazette is happy to provide you with some helpful ‘references’ within this article!
The name is all to do with Lanark-born Charles Lindsay, whose cash led to the Institute’s eventual opening on June 25, 1914, 30 years after he died.
And the library is still going strong a century later, with its centenary being marked at an exhibition currently running at the Institute’s Hope Street base until July 24.
Margaret Grant, a community librarian based at Lanark, said: “Mr Lindsay was a man with a keen interest in Lanark who freely contributed to new schemes which he considered beneficial to the town.
“In his will, he expressed a desire to provide a free public library, reading room and museum, to be built for the enjoyment of the community.
“And that’s why this place is called The Lindsay Institute. It was officially opened by Sheriff Scott Moncrieff on June 25, 1914.”