All about Angus

  • Angus is located within 842 square miles on the East Coast of Scotland, boasting a varied landscape of expansive mountains, valleys and glens, to prime agricultural and land and historic towns and villages along a varied North Sea coastline
  • Angus is known as Scotland’s Birthplace due to the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath at Arbroath Abbey in 1320
  • It is also renowned the world over for some of the finest golf courses ever created, including Carnoustie, which hosts The 2018 Open and is regarded as one of the toughest courses for any golfer to take on
  • The seven main towns of Angus are – Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir Monifieth and Montrose
  • Population est. 116,520 (2.2% of Scottish population) comprising of 51.3 female to48.7% male. Children make up 16.7% of the population, with 60.6% of people of working age and 22.7% of pensionable age
  • It’s predicted that our population will grow to 120,800 by 2039
  • There are 53,142 households in Angus (around 80% in private sector accommodation and the remainder in local authority or housing association property)
  • The Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 influenced the US Declaration of Independence of 4 July 1776
  • Angus produces 28% of Scotland’s potatoes
  • James Chalmers, inventor of the adhesive postage stamp, hails from Arbroath
  • The history of Glamis Castle is entwined with that of the royal family, with it being the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Shakespeare also chose it as Macbeth’s residence for his famous Scottish play
  • The Bell Rock Lighthouse, 11 miles off the Arbroath shorefront, is the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse – built by Robert Stevenson between 1807 and 1811
  • Aberlemno is the site of three large Pictish stones dating from the 7th and 8th Century AD
  • In Forfar, Helen Guthrie was the last person suspected of being a witch to be executed in December 1662
  • Brechin is well known for its cathedral and 11th century round tower – one of only two Irish-style monuments that survive today – and offering a “city status” to the burgh town
  • Plumber’s son David Dunbar Buick left Arbroath for America with his family in the 1850s. He later founded the classic Buick car firm
  • East Haven is one of Scotland’s oldest fishing communities – dating back to 1214
  • Kirriemuir was the birthplace of Peter Pan author JM Barrie and believed to be the location of the original Wendy House
  • A smoked haddock is only an Arbroath Smokie if it is produced in the traditional manner within an 8km radius of Arbroath The delicacy was first produced at neighbouring Auchmithie.
  • The first Scots Dictionary was published in 1808 and compiled in Forfar by John Jamieson