Montrose Containing important particulars in
relation to its Trade, Manufactures, Commerce, Shipping, Antiquities,
Eminent Men, Town Houses of the Neighbouring Country Gentry in Former Years.
&c. by David Mitchell (1866)
It is hoped that the community will look with a favourable
eye upon this attempt to write a History of Montrose. It is not pretended
that it contains all that should be said, but as far as the materials would
go, the best use has been made of them. Not one, but two years at least,
would be required to investigate the antiquities of the town,—indeed,
something worthy of record occurs almost every day.
In the early part of the History, I have been much indebted
to Mr. Jervise’s elaborate work, “Memorials of Angus and Meams,” and
Bowick’s “Life of John Erskine of Dun,” besides a number of parties residing
in the town.
Dr. Alexander Gibson, laird of Auchindrioch, having been a
school-fellow, I naturally took to be a native, but although as the Yankees
say, he was “raised” at Montrose, he was born at Laurencekirk. He was
Conservator of Forests in India, and at the termination of his service,
received the following compliment from the Government, in a separate G. O.,
published in 1860, not a very common distinction:—
Dr A. Gibson’s employment on Special Duty having ceased, and
his connection with the forest management of the Presidency being thereby
ended, His Excellency, the Governor in Council, desires publicly to
acknowledge Dr. Gibson’s unremitting zeal in the discharge of the office of
Conservator of Forests, during a period of twenty years, and the beneficial
results which the measures conducted under his direction have secured to the
A. D. ROBERTSON,
Acting Secretary to Government.
27th September, 1860.
It is hoped that nothing is advanced which can give offence
to any (the person referred to at page 21 was not the late W. Nichol). Some
part of Chapter VI. might find a more appropriate place in a life of the
The following is the translation of the part of the Charter,
granted by David II., quoted at page 9, which confirmed the first Charter by
David I. :—
“With the territories, and common pasture of the said burgh,
adjacent thereto, with the fisheries, within the waters of Northesk and
Southesk, by cruives, yaires, and nets of old accustomed, and. belonging to
the said burgh, with the wind and water-mills, and their multures, with
tolls, petty-customs, courts, and their issues, to be held and kept in the
appointed and accustomed places of the said burgh, with muirs and marshes,
paths and ways, as also with all and every the liberties, advantages,
easements, and rights, thereto belonging whatsoever, as well within said
burgh as without, as well below as above the earth, pertaining to said
burgh, in future, as freely and peacefully, fully, wholly, and honourably,
rightly, and agreeably as to any others of our burghs in Scotland * * * * is
Introduction—Early History Chapter II.
The Old and New Steeples Chapter III.
Religious State Chapter IV.
Education in Montrose Chapter V.
Meeting of General Assembly at Montrose in 1600 Chapter VI.
Trades’ Schools, now Dorward’s Seminary Chapter VII.
Approach to the Town from the South, Lament of the Montrose Wooden Brig Chapter VIII.
Montrose as a Town Chapter IX.
Banks, &c. Chapter X.
Linen Trade Chapter XI.
Ship-Building, Shipping Trade, Wood Trade, Cabinet Making, Shipping, &c. Chapter XII.
Churches, &c. Chapter XIII.
Town Houses of the Neighbouring Country Gentry, &c. Chapter XIV.
Distinguished Natives, Joseph Hume, Sir Alexander Bnmes, Sir James (Dr.)
Bnrnes, Sir James Duke, Dr Robert Brown, Dr Alexander Gibson of Auckinrioch,
Sir William Burnett Chapter XV.
Corn Trade, Flour Mills, Starch Manufacturies, Potato Trade Chapter XVI.
Fisheries Chapter XVII.
Savings Banks Chapter XVIII.
Characters: John O’ Arnha, Tam Sangster, Jamie Sutherland, Deacon Grim,
David Pole, Jamie Steven Chapter XIX.
Volunteer Movement in Montrose, The Press-Gang Chapter XX.
The Harbour Chapter XXI.
Asylum, Infirmary, Dorward’s House of Refuge Chapter XXII.
The Meal-Mob, Foundries, Population
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