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Metalworker statue in the town centre.
Population 8,235 (2001)
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Shotts
Postcode district ML7
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • Airdrie and Shotts
Scottish Parliament
  • Airdrie and Shotts
List of places
Coordinates: 55°49′23″N 3°48′14″W / 55.823°N 3.804°W / 55.823; -3.804

Shotts is a small rural town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located almost halfway between Glasgow (21 miles) and Edinburgh (29 miles). At the 2001 census, the population was 8,235. A local story has Shotts being named after the legendary giant Bertram de Shotts, though toponymists give the Anglo-Saxon derived 'sceots' (steep slopes) as the real source of the name. Shotts is the home of the 2015 world champion pipe band, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.


Shotts was known for its mining and ironworks. In the years leading up to World War II there were 22 coal mines in the area, but the last of these (Northfield Colliery) closed in the 1960s.


Shotts was part of West Lothian council before borders where resisted in 1998 to become part of the newly formed district council North Lanarkshire

HMP Shotts

HMP Shotts, a high security prison, is located between Shotts and Salsburgh.


The town is served by Shotts railway station, which is connected on the Shotts Line between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Notable Shotts people

  • Matthew Baillie anatomist
  • Michelle Barr, Scotland women's international footballer.
  • Gavin Hamilton,
  • George MacBeth, writer
  • Andrew Keir, actor
  • Margaret Herbison, Member of Parliament
  • Catriona Shearer, newsreader, journalist and television presenter.
  • Mick McGahey
  • Louise Murphy Councillor
  • Hugh Dallas Scottish and international football referee
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