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Montrose, Angus

Montrose is a coastal resort town and former royal burgh in Angus, Scotland. It is situated 38 miles (61 km) north of Dundee between the mouths of the North and South Esk rivers. It is the northernmost coastal town in Angus and developed at a natural harbour that traded in skins, hides and cured salmon in medieval times. With a population of approximately 12,000, the town functions as a port, but the major employer is GlaxoSmithKline, recently saved from closure.
Administrative CountyAngus
Traditional CountyAngus
OS GridNO7157
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityTayside
Fire and Rescue AuthorityTayside
Fire and Rescue AuthorityTayside
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01674
Population10,845 (2001 Census)

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

Alt Moine Ros ~ Celurca ~ Mont Rose ~ Montross

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

Montrose, parl. and royal burgh, seaport, and par., NE. Forfarshire, at mouth of river South Esk, 10 miles E. of Brechin, 31 miles NE. of Dundee, 76 miles NE. of Edinburgh, and 492 miles N. of London by rail - par., 4134 ac., pop. 16,303; parl. burgh, pop. 14,973; royal burgh, pop. 14,177; town, pop. (including Rossie island) 14,994; P.O., T.O.; 8 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Friday. Montrose is a place of considerable antiquity; it was sacked by the Danes in 980, and was a principal town of Scotland in the middle of the 13th century. The town is situated on a flat peninsula at the N. side of the mouth of the South Esk. To the W. of the town the river expands into a broad tidal lagoon known as the Montrose Basin, and is crossed by a suspension bridge and a railway viaduct. The harbour, comprising the reach of the river from the suspension bridge to the sea, is naturally deep and well sheltered, and the quays are well constructed and commodious. The trade with the Baltic and Canada is considerable. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The principal industries are flax-spinning, and the weaving of canvas, floorcloths, sailcloth, and other fabrics. Montrose is the headquarters of a fishery district extending from Broughty Ferry to Gourdon. The Montrose Burghs return 1 member to Parliament; they consist of Montrose, Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar, and Inverbervie.

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