Arbroath is a town in the unitary authority and traditional county of Angus on the east coast of Scotland with approximately 22,460 inhabitants ( 2004 estimate ).


The settlement is the result of the 1178 founded and equipped with market and legal privileges Arbroath Abbey.

1320, eight counts and a number of other Scottish nobles, who had gathered in the monastery, one with the Declaration of Arbroath addressed to the Pope for the independence of Scotland from England.

1394 a harbor was built, which led to the emergence of a settlement of fishermen. 1559 was the place the status of a Royal Burgh. In the wake of the Reformation, the monastery fell into disrepair.

From the end of the 18th century Arbroath became an important location of the textile industry. After appropriate promotion measures by the Council of the city grew in the 19th century, the importance as a fishing port.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Neil Arnott (1788-1874), physician
  • Bill Brown (1931-2004), football player
  • David Dunbar Buick (1854-1929), engineer, inventor and industrialist
  • Steve Byrne (born 1978 ), folk musician, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist
  • James Chalmers (publisher) ( 1782-1853 ), owner of a printing and newspaper publisher
  • William Maxwell (1876-1940), football player and coach
  • William Sharpey (1802-1880), anatomist and physiologist
  • Charles Smart Roy (1854-1897), pathologist