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North Lanarkshire Archives – List of Collections


Please give us a call or e-mail us if you require more detailed catalogue information, e.g. regarding some of your most popular collections which are: 

  • North Lanarkshire Cemetery records
  • Poor law records of the following parishes – Bothwell, Cambusnethan, Dalziel, New Monkland and Shotts (limited Poor Law records exist for Kilsyth and Old Monkland)
  • The records of the Cumbernauld Development Corporation (Cumbernauld New Town)



We hold over 200 collections dating from the 1500s to the 21st century. These roughly fall into the following groups.

Official Records

  • Council minutes of former burghs, wards and district councils
  • Historical records of the Cumbernauld Development Corporation
  • Cemetery records
  • Poor law records
  • School records
  • Building warrant plans

Private Collections

  • Estate papers, including Hamilton of Dalzell, Drumpellier and Cumbernauld
  • Business collections include William Baird & Co, at one time the largest ironworks in Scotland; Anderson Boyes & Co Ltd, producers of mining equipment; and Thomas Hudson & Co Ltd, manufacturers of boilers and structural ironworks
  • Records of societies and clubs reflecting the wide range of political, cultural, social and leisure activities carried out by local people
  • Papers of private individuals and families
  • Large photographic collections covering the entire area of North Lanarkshire
  • An extensive map collection

NHS Lanarkshire Archives

In addition we hold the historical records of NHS Lanarkshire. These include:

  • Alexander Hospital, Coatbridge
  • Bellshill Maternity Hospital
  • Calderbank House Hospital, Baillieston
  • Fairhaven Maternity Home, Lanark
  • Hartwood Hospital, Shotts
  • Law Hospital, Carluke
  • Motherwell Maternity Hospital
  • Roadmeetings Hospital, Carluke
  • Strathcyde (formerly County) Hospital, Motherwell
  • William Smellie Hospital (Maternity Ward), Lanark
  • Various management and board records


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