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Dalserf Kirk
Dalserf is located in South Lanarkshire
Location within South Lanarkshire
Population52 (2001)
OS grid referenceNS7950
Civil parish
  • Dalserf
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtML9
Dialling code01698
EU ParliamentScotland
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 of only a few streets 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]

Dalserf is also a traditional civil parish. It includes Ashgill, Larkhall, Netherburn, Rosebank and Shawsburn. The parish has a population of 17,985 (mostly from Larkhall's near 15,500 population[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A ferry once operated across the Clyde at Dalserf, although this has long since been superseded by the nearby Garrion Bridge.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. ^ "Extract of the Index of Populated Areas in Scotland [settlements above 500 people]" (PDF). 1991 Index of Populated Areas in Scotland. National Records for Scotland. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

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