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Arbroath, Angus

Arbroath or Aberbrothock /ɑrˈbroʊθ/ is a former royal burgh and the largest town in the council area of Angus in Scotland, and has a population of 22,785. It lies on the North Sea coast, around 16 miles ENE of Dundee and 45 miles SSW of Aberdeen. While there is evidence for settlement of the area now occupied by the town that dates back to the Iron Age, Arbroath's history as a town begins in the High Middle Ages with the founding of Arbroath Abbey in 1178.
Administrative CountyAngus
Traditional CountyAngus
OS GridNO6441
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityTayside
Fire and Rescue AuthorityTayside
Fire and Rescue AuthorityTayside
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01241
Populationest. 22,140(2006)

Other names by which Arbroath, Angus has been known in the past

Aberbroth ~ Aberbrothick ~ Aberbrothock ~ Arbroth

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

Arbroath, or Aberbrothock (old name), par., parl. and royal burgh, and seaport, at mouth of river Brothock, Forfarshire, 17 miles NE. of Dundee and 475 from London by rail -- par., 943 ac., pop. 9493; parl. burgh, pop. 21,758; 5 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. The industries are of considerable importance, consisting chiefly of sail-cloth and leather mfrs., also flax and jute spinning. Chief exports -- grain, potatoes, fish, and paving-stones. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The Abbey, founded by King William the Lion in 1178, is now in ruins. From a signal tower, 50 ft. in height, with an excellent telescope, communication may be kept up with the Bell Rock lighthouse, which rises from the sea 12 miles to the SE. At St Vigeans Church, about 1 mile from the town, is an interesting sculptured stone bearing a legible Pre-historic inscription. The burgh unites with Brechin, Forfar, Montrose, and Inverbervie in returning 1 member to Parliament.

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