Like William Wallace, Robert the Bruce also had firm connections with Lanark. In 1302 he accepted the position of Sheriff of Lanark at which time it was essentially an appointment made by the English occupiers.

After he became king, Bruce granted lands in Lanark consisting of “the manor and orchard within the burgh of Lanark, enclosed by a wall” to the Fratres Minores (Greyfriars). This gift was made in 1314 but it was not until 1346 (after the death of Bruce) that the Greyfriars took up their rights and the Convent of the Greyfriars at Lanark was established.