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Biggar

... a Brief History of Historic Biggar in Clydesdale, Scotland.

· A Brief History · Famed for It's People · A Home of the MotorCar · Historic Buildings · Traditions and Festivities! ·

 

Gladstone Court Museum of life in the Burgh in the past.


Biggar has a cross-section of history in the one location. The roots of the burgh date back for centuries: there is evidence that Biggar Common was inhabited in the Stone Age.

Biggar received it's Royal Charter in 1451. It was created as a free Burgh of Barony by King James III as a mark of favour to Lord Fleming, the landowner. Biggar still has its medieval layout. A few buildings date back to the 17th and 18th Centuries, but the majority of Biggar's prominent buildings are Victorian. One of Biggar's key buildings, the 450 year old Biggar Kirk, was built by the Fleming Family of Biggar.

The Burgh has many connections with famous Scottish people, including John Buchan and Hugh MacDiarmid. It was also the birthplace of Albion Motors, one of Britain's most successful vehicle businesses.

Given the vibrant local traditions and festivals it's hardly suprising that Biggar has developed into a thriving community, with a range of facilities and activities. These grew during Victorian times, when the railway through Biggar (which originated from the West Coast main line and ran through Symington, Biggar, Broughton and on to Peebles) resulted in an increase in holidaymakers. The railway line has gone, leaving only a scenic walk between Biggar and Peebles, but people are still coming to the fascinating historic Royal Burgh of Biggar.

 

 

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