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STRATHAVEN, a narrow Highland valley in the south-west of Banffshire. It commences among the Cairngorm alpines; extends northward through the parishes of KIRKMICHAEL and INVERAVEN; and is traversed from head to foot by the river AVEN. See these articles.
STRATHAVEN, a considerable town in the parish of Avondale, Lanarkshire. It was erected into a burgh-of-barony in 1450, and had an extensive commonty granted to the burgesses, all of which has long ago become private property. It has a weekly market on Thursdays, and five annual fairs; but, having no public funds, has no other magistracy than a baron-bailie, nominated by the Duke of Hamilton. Strathaven lies 7¾ miles south of Hamilton; 16 south-east of Glasgow; 13½ north of Muirkirk; and 13½ north-east of Newmills. Population nearly 4,000, who are chiefly supported by weaving. The ecclesiastical statistics have been given under the head AVONDALE.