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Forfar, Angus

Forfar Listen/ˈfɔrfər/ is a parish, town and former royal burgh of about 13,500 people in Angus, Scotland. Forfar is the county town of Angus, which was officially known as Forfarshire from the 18th century until 1929, when the ancient name was reinstated, and today serves as the administrative centre for Angus Council. Forfar is also a traditional market town, serving the outlying lowland farms of Strathmore in central Angus. The Scottish meat pastry snack Bridie is from Forfar.
Post townFORFAR
Administrative CountyAngus
Traditional CountyAngus
OS GridNO4550
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityTayside
Fire and Rescue AuthorityTayside
Fire and Rescue AuthorityTayside
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01307
Population13,206 (2001 Census)

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Forfar, Angus in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Forfar, co. town, parl. and royal burgh, and par. with ry. sta., Forfarshire, in the Valley of Strathmore, 14 miles NE. of Dundee, 54 NE. of Edinburgh, and 471 NW. of London -- par., 8353 ac., pop. 14,470; royal burgh, pop. 13,579; parl. burgh and town, pop. 12,817; P.O., T.O., 6 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. The staple industry is the mfr. of linen, especially of the coarser varieties; in connection with the linen factories are several bleachworks. Forfar was a royal residence of Malcolm Canmore, whose castle stood on the Castle Hill, a conical mound to the NE. of the town. Malcolm's queen, Margaret, lad also a residence on the Inch in Forfar Loch, to the W. of the town, a sheet of water which has been much reduced by draining operations. Forfar was made a royal burgh by David I. (1124-1153). The castle, then occupied by an English garrison, was captured and demolished by King Robert Bruce, 1308; it was never rebuilt, and its site is now marked by the town cross (1648). Forfar unites with Montrose, Bervie, Arbroath, and Brechin in returning 1 member to Parliament.

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