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Blacklaw

A modest hill and eastern district of East Kilbride in South Lanarkshire, now subsumed within St. Leonards, Blacklaw lies a half-mile (1 km) east of the town centre. The hill rises to 195m (695 feet) between Mount Cameron Drive North and Mount Cameron Drive South. Blacklaw Primary School, which is situated behind Blacklaw Drive, gives a clue to the past, as the school badge contains a Jacobite cockade. There is also a public house on High Common Road called the Bonnie Prince Charlie. Blacklaw Farm (or Mount Cameron) was the home of Mrs Jean Cameron, a staunch Jacobite who had come from Glen Dessary in Inverness-shire. She lies buried at the end of a road also called Glen Dessary, marked by the Jean Cameron Cairn. Her house was demolished in 1958. East Kilbride Golf Club had their course at Blacklaw between 1910 and 1967, before the land was developed for housing. Mount Cameron Primary School has a Gaelic-medium unit.


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