Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Angus

Angus, an ancient district nearly or quite conterminous with Forfarshire. Some archæologists think that it got its name from Angus, a brother of Kenneth II., and recipient of title to proprietorship of the district, or to lordship over it, immediately after the conquest of the Picts: but others think that a hill a little to the eastward of Aberlemno church bore the name of Angus long previous to Kenneth II. 's time: had been a noted place of rendezvous on great public occasions: and gradually or eventually gave its name to the surrounding country. A finely diversified strath or valley, from 4 to 6 miles broad, and upwards of 30 miles long, extending from the western boundary of Kettins parish to the month of the North Esk river, is called the Howe or Hollow of Angus. An earldom of Angus was created in favour of the Douglas family, some time prior to 1329: came in that year into the line of the Dukes of Hamilton: and ranks now as the oldest one of the present duke's numerous peerages.

(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); © 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

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Feature Description: "an ancient district"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 3rd order divisions")
Administrative units: Angus ScoCnty
Place: Angus

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