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South Lanarkshire

Population 2883. Figures taken from 2001 Census.

The village of Law, which takes its name from the nearby Law Hill, lies on high ground on the east side of the River Clyde providing spectacular views of the Clyde Valley.

Originally a mining village, Law remains a close knit community. Law Hospital which was actually outside the village closed down a few years ago when it was replaced by the new Wishaw General but many local people are still employed by the health service.

Law has a variety of housing, ranging from council properties and country cottages to family villas and new builds. There are some local shops where you can buy groceries.

Law Primary is a feeder school for Carluke High which will be completely refurbished as part of South Lanarkshire Council's multi-million pound schools modernisation programme.

Law is served by the Hamilton Advertiser and the Wishaw Press.


Law is the old Scots word for "hill".

Law, like many of South Lanarkshire's towns and villages, expanded very quickly in the late 1700s with the discovery of coal. The railway took a while longer to arrive and the station was built in 1848, although it was one of the many in the area to close during the Beeching cuts of the 1960s.

Mauldslie Castle was originally built in the 1790s by Robert Adam for the Earl of Hyndford but was demolished in 1959.

Law hospital was built during World War II but closed in 2001 when a replacement general hospital opened at Wishaw.

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