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Dalserf Kirk
Dalserf is located in South Lanarkshire
Dalserf shown within South Lanarkshire
Population 17,985 (2001)
OS grid reference NS7950
Civil parish
  • Dalserf
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LARKHALL
Postcode district ML9
Dialling code 01698
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°44′06″N 3°54′50″W / 55.735°N 3.914°W / 55.735; -3.914Coordinates: 55°44′06″N 3°54′50″W / 55.735°N 3.914°W / 55.735; -3.914

Dalserf is a small village and civil parish in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It lies on the River Clyde, 2 miles (3 km) east of Larkhall and 7 miles (11 km) south east of Hamilton. As of 2006, the village itself has a population of 52,[citation needed] while the wider parish (which includes Ashgill, Larkhall, Netherburn, Rosebank and Shawsburn) has a population of 17,985.[1]

The name of the village comes from the Gaelic dail, meaning field, and Serf, the name of a 6th-century saint who dwelt here. Of old, it was also known as Machan or Machanshire, from the Gaelic Maghan meaning small plain.

The village kirk, built in 1655, is dedicated to Saint Serf, and may be built on the site of an early church founded by him. The church dates from The Killing Time, when the rebel Covenanters were persecuted for their faith, and was a centre of Covenanter activity. John McMillan, reformist preacher and first minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, is buried in the kirkyard. The kirk is Category A listed.

A ferry once operated across the Clyde at Dalserf, although this has long since been superseded by the nearby Garrion Bridge. Dalserf railway station once served the village.

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  1. ^ "KS01 Usual Resident Population: Dalserf". Scotland's Census Results Online. General Register Office for Scotland. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 

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