Brechin  Angus


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Brechin like this:

Brechin, par., parl. and royal burgh, and mkt. town, E. Forfarshire, on river S. Esk, 5 miles W. of Montrose and 490 miles from London by rail -- par., 14,313 ac., pop 10,490; parl. burgh, pop. 9031; royal burgh, pop. 5295; 6 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Tuesday. Flax-spinning, linen weaving, bleaching, distilling, and brewing are carried on. ...

David I. founded a bishopric here in 1150, and a portion of the old cathedral is now the parish church. Adjacent to the church is a singular round tower (85 ft. high), similar to that at Abernethy. Brechin was formerly a walled town, and was burned by Montrose in 1645. Dr Guthrie (l803-1873), pulpit orator and philanthropist, was born here. The town unites with Montrose, Forfar, Arbroath, and Bervie in returning 1 member to Parliament. Adjacent to town is Brechin Castle, seat of the Earl of Dalhousie, with library rich in MSS.; 2 miles W. of the town is the village of Little Brechin.

Brechin through time

Brechin is now part of Angus district. Click here for graphs and data of how Angus has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Brechin itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Brechin in Angus | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th June 2024

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