I can remember going to Hamilton from Coatbridge in the Central SMT number 14 bus in the early 1970s, this went via Orbiston Estate in Bellshill then down the little road through the village long after everything was flattened. The route was only changed when the park was built!!
The Park is to be drained for works sometime over the next year so at least when the waters gone so will the rumours that the village is intact be proved or disproved. _________________ Point it - Shoot it - Forget it !
The Park is to be drained for works sometime over the next year so at least when the waters gone so will the rumours that the village is intact be proved or disproved.
I have done a bit of map overlaying and the place to look is the extreme North East of the loch, the remains of the village would be submerged under there. As I mentioned above, when I went through in the site of the village in the seventies there was very little trace of there having been a habitation there.
The 'Pailis' was gone long before Strahclyde Loch and Park was even thought about. Been through it as a boy on the Bellshill / Hamilton bus, 1959/60 and it was in ruins then, much of it already demolished and with most folk decanted to Bellshill, just up the Roman road from it, including my brother-in-law's family - his mum appears in one of the videos of the time, as a wee girl.
Pailis Pond became the Bellshill end of Strathclyde Loch, and was a favourite fishing spot for folk from Bellshill, and by mid 1960's when I was a teenager and down there for teenage things, nothing of Bothwellhaugh remained, not even the main road, and the bus that used to go round that way then went straight up the Bog's Brae to Bellshill.
Very late to this thread. I think the Strathy was opened in 1971 I was born 1965 and remember taking a walk down to the Pallis as the last of the buildings where demolished. so perhaps a bit later than you remember IBrown. I think my great grandfather was evacuated to Bellshill around about the time I was born. I remember the pit pond being drained for some reason before it was flooded and all the fish where struggling. Confirm what others have said there are no traces of the village under the loch.
The Pallis folk where a bit of a clique in Bellshill many wnet to there own church up Mossend.
As an aside there is a great project website on Hamilton Palace if people wonder why Bothwellhaugh was called the Pailis.
It's very difficult to pin down dates exactly but there were major changes going on in my life then so I know that we didn't go to the Pailis after 1966 because I started work on the railway at Bellshill then and I was working when I took a walk with a Viewpark girl over the east side of the Pailis pond on one of the many 'natural' footpaths that headed quite close to the Clyde at Motherwell- I don't remember anything of the Pailis remaining then and I had moved to Helensburgh by November 1967.
I can remember the whole south side of the bottom end of the Bog's Brae was shut off for a long way (including the old access road to the Pailis from the Hamilton direction) while work was going on building the park but the bus had stopped running through the Pailis years before that - the time I remember going through it on the bus a few folk still lived there - the bus was still the old double decker with loading on an open platform at the back end, I can't remember when they came off to be replaced by the ones with front loading behind the driver - but I think it was after 1966.
Bounced back for a short period in the mid 1970s and I used to take my two boys for a walk on Sundays from Mossend to Strathclyde Loch via Bellshill Golf Course and the old stone Dookit (which put us into the Park at the North East corner) and walk the new path on the east side of the Loch to the (then) only building at the south end just off the Motherwell Road where we had burgers and chips, before walking back.
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