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A commuter village in South Lanarkshire, Braidwood is located 2 miles (3 km) south of Carluke and 7 miles (10 km) northwest of Carstairs Junction, once a centre of limestone production.

 

The barony of Braidwood was first granted to John de Monfod in 1326, by Robert the Bruce. In 1581, the barony was transferred to Harie Stewart of Gogar, brother of James Stewart of Bothwellhaugh, who was briefly Earl of Arran during the insanity of the third earl, James Hamilton. Close to the village is Hallbar Tower, a 16th Century fortification which was recorded at this time, making it likely that it was built in response to James V's edict that "tours of fence" be built on all lands over £100 Scots in value.

Braidwood, and Hallbar with it, came into the possession of Lord Maitland of Thirlestane Castle, later passing through the hands of the Marquess of Douglas, before changing hands again in 1681, when it was bought by George Lockhart of Lee Castle, whose estate adjoined Braidwood to the south.

 

 The lands of Braidwood, in Lanarkshire, were confirmed to William Douglas of Glenbervie in 1510. He was knighted the following year.

 

 

 

 

 

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