infobox UK place
country = Scotland
gaelic_name= Obair Bhrothaig
population= 22,785 [http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/browser/profile.jsp?profile=Population&mainArea=arbroath&mainLevel=Locality] (2001 census)
est. 22,140 [http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data] (2006)
postcode_district = DD11
Arbroath or Aberbrothock (
Scottish Gaelic: "Obair Bhrothaig" which translates literally as 'at the mouth of the Brothock' cite web|url=http://www.bellrock.org.uk/arbroath/arbroath_abbey.htm |title="Arbroath : Arbroath Abbey |accessdate=2007-01-06 ] ) is a former royal burghand the largest town in the council area of Angusin Scotland, and has a population of 22,785. cite web|url=http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/browser/profile.jsp?profile=Population&mainArea=Arbroath&mainLevel=Locality |title=Arbroath 2001 Census - Population |accessdate=2007-01-07 |work=Scotland's Census Results Online (SCROL) |publisher=Scottish Executive ] It lies on the North Seacoast, around convert|17|mi|km|1 north-east of Dundee and convert|51|mi|km|1 south of Aberdeen.
Its history begins, like nearby Dundee, with the
Pictsin the Iron Age, and remained a small village until 1178 AD, when King William the Lion founded an abbey, which was completed in 1233. During the medievalperiod, the Abbey fell into disuse and eventually disrepair, with the lead from the roof rumoured to have been used in the manufacture of bullets for the civil wars during the reign of King James VI. During the Industrial Revolutionthe juteindustry caused Arbroath to expand in the manner of Dundee. A new harbourwas built in 1839 and by the 1900s, Arbroath had become one of the larger fishing ports in Scotland and continues to be known as the home of the Arbroath Smokie. cite web|url=http://www.angus.gov.uk/history/features/2004-08-oldarbroath.htm |title=A glimpse of old Arbroath |accessdate=2007-01-06 |publisher=Angus Council ]
The town is notable as the home of the
Declaration of Arbroath, the statement of Scottish independencesigned by the nobility in the 14th century. The town's ancient ruined abbey is central to the story of the declaration and remains a key tourist attraction for Scotland. Arbroath was the birthplace of postal reformist James Chalmerscite web|url=http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/people/famousfirst112.html |title=James Chalmers |accessdate=2007-01-06 |work=The Gazetteer for Scotland ] and David Dunbar Buick, founder of Buick Motor Company and inventor of the overhead valve engine and the white porcelainized bathtub. [http://www.prewarbuick.com/features/who_remembers_david_bunbar_buick Who Remembers David Dunbar Buick? - PreWarBuick.com ] ] Arbroath is also well known both at home and overseas as home to 45 Commandoof the Royal Marines. cite web|url=http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.5333 |title=45 Commando, Royal Marines |accessdate=2007-01-12 |work=Royal Navy |publisher=Ministry of Defence ]
Arbroath, like nearby Dundee, was first settled 3500 years ago by the
Picts, and was known by the name Aberbrothock, a reference to the Brothock Burn which runs through the town. The general area around Arbroath has several relics of early settlement including the Aberlemno Stoneand Eassie Stone. The modern name "Arbroath" became prevalent in the mid-nineteenth century as a colloquialism of the original name.
The first modern development in Arbroath was the Abbey, founded by King
William the Lionin 1178 for monks of the Tironensianorder from Kelso Abbey. It received consecration in 1197 with a dedication to Saint Thomas Becket. It was the King's only personal foundation, and he was buried within its precincts in 1214. The Abbey was not finally completed until 1233. The Abbey relatively quickly fell into disuse and eventual disrepair after its dissolution at the Reformation, the lead from the roof rumoured to have been used in the English Civil Warand the stonework plundered for housebuilding throughout the town. The ruins were a popular site for travellers during the 17th and 18th centuries, and finally in 1815 the remains were taken into the care of the State for preservation. The remains are now administered by Historic Scotland.
On 6 April 1320 the Scottish Parliament met at Arbroath Abbey and addressed to the
Popethe Declaration of Arbroath, drafted by the Abbot of the time Bernard de Linton. This document detailed the services which their "lord and sovereign" Robert the Bruce had rendered to Scotland, and affirmed in eloquent terms the independence of the Scots. In 1950 the Stone of Destiny was stolen by Scottish Nationalists from Westminster Abbeyand in 1951 the Stone was found within the grounds of Arbroath Abbey. cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1132105.stm |title=Roll back the stone plea |accessdate=2007-01-07 |date=2001-01-23 |work=BBC News Online |publisher=BBC ]
industrial revolution, Arbroath's economy expanded and the population of the town expanded, with new housing having to be constructed to house the influx of workers. Arbroath became moderately well known for jute and sailcloth production, with 34 mills employing 1400 looms and producing over one million yards of osnaburgcloth and 450,000 yards of sailcloth in 1875. Arbroath is believed to be the source of the sails used on the Cutty Sark. [ cite web|url=http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-800279-arbroath_arbroath-i |title=travel.yahoo.com |accessdate=2007-01-30 |work=Rough Guides |publisher=Yahoo Travel ] In 1849, the mills in Arbroath employed between 3700 and 5000 people, depending on the size of workforce required on any given day. Arbroath was also prominent in the manufacture of shoes and lawnmowers; local firm Alexander Shanks supplied mowers to the Old Course at St Andrewsand the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. cite web|url=http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/people/famousfirst331.html |title=Alexander Shanks |accessdate=2007-01-06 |publisher=The Gazetteer for Scotland ] cite web|url=http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=43417 |title=Andrew's, St - Arbroath |accessdate=2007-01-13 |year=1846 |work=A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland ]
Arbroath today is mostly known for its connection with the Scottish fishing industry. After the original harbours, dating from the 14th and 18th centuries, were replaced in 1839 with a larger harbour, the local council tried to find fishermen who would be interested in migrating to Arbroath in order to take advantage of the new facilities offered. The town council contacted fishermen in nearby
Auchmithieand further afield, including Shetland. The fishing industry grew and at its peak years between 1900 and 1980, around 40 whitefishand pelagicvessels worked from Arbroath, with hundreds of men employed directly as fishermen, hundreds more employed ashore to service the fishing vessels and to process the fish. Quota cuts and decommissioning took its toll on the fishing industry throughout Scotland from the 1980s to present. Today, Arbroath remains a designated whitefish landing port, and although no fish auction takes place, the fishmarket remains open and is used for landing shellfish. [ cite web|url=http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2004/03/04/newsstory5681647t0.asp |title="Second boost as Arbroath harbour back on the map" |accessdate=2007-01-30 |date=2004-03-04 |work=The Courier and Advertiser |publisher=D.C Thompson ] There is now only one large fishing vessel operating regularly from Arbroath, and a further three Arbroath owned vessels operating from Aberdeen and ports further north. The fish processing sector remains one of the largest employers in the town however, but fish for processing now comes from Aberdeen, Peterhead and occasionally from Iceland, Norway and Ireland. cite web|url=http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/statistics/economic/fishing/index.asp |title=Fishing Industry Statistics |accessdate=2007-01-06 |publisher=Aberdeenshire Council ] cite web|url=http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=2450982005 |title=Quotas site to put bite on fish & chips |accessdate=2007-01-06 |last=Urquhart |first=Frank |date=2005-12-23 |work=The Scotsman ]
Arbroath was made a
royal burghin 1178 by King William the Lion at the same time as the Abbey was established. The burgh of regality permitted the monks to hold a weekly market, dispense basic justice and to establish a harbour. In 1559, the town's burgh of regality was reconfirmed in 1559 by King James VI of Scotland. A provost and a town council were appointed and it was at this point Aberbrothock became a fully fledged royal burgh.
Arbroath was controlled by Arbroath Town Council from the time of King James VI through to 1975, when Arbroath (and the county of Angus) were amalgamated with the counties of Perthshire and Dundee City into Tayside, under the control of Tayside Regional Council. Angus, together with Dundee City and Perth & Kinross were re-established following reorganisation under the
Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. cite web|url=http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts1994/Ukpga_19940039_en_13.htm |title=Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 |accessdate=2007-01-07 |year=1994 |publisher=Office of Public Sector Information ]
Arbroath is a constituent town of Angus, one of 32
council areas of Scotland. Prior to the 2006 boundary changes, Arbroath was represented by seven councillors, each in turn representing one individual ward. Councillors were elected using a first past the post system. Following the boundary changes in 2006, the seven wards were amalgamated into two large wards (Arbroath West & Letham and Arbroath East & Lunan) with each ward now returning four councillors, voting takes place using the Single Transferable Votesystem. The 3 May 2007 elections were the first in which the new voting system was used to elect councillors for the new wards. The Scottish National Partylost four councillors and the remaining parties formed a coalition called the "Angus Alliance" in order to take over as the ruling party of Angus Council. cite web|url=http://www.angus.gov.uk/councillorinfo/alliance.html |title=Councillor Information |accessdate=2007-11-24 |publisher=Angus Council ] cite web|url=http://www.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/multimember/angusEA/ORDER.htm |title=The Angus (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2006. (2006 No.393) |accessdate=2007-01-07 |year=2006 |work=Scottish Statutory Instruments |publisher=Scottish Executive ]
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Arbroath is represented by three
Scottish National Partycouncillors, two Independent councillors, two Conservative councillors and one Liberal Democrat councillor, one Independent councillor, both Conservative councillors and the one Liberal Democrat councillor are members of the ruling Angus Alliance, whilst the one remaining Independent councillor has no political affiliation. The three SNP councillors and the remaining Independent councillor have no official function within the council, other than to represent their constituents' interests.
For elections to the House of Commons, Arbroath forms part of the Angus constituency, presently represented by
Michael Weir(SNP) who held the seat with a small majority of 1200 votes (4.2%) at the 2005 General Election. cite web|url=http://www.angus.gov.uk/new/Releases-Archive/2005/2005-05-06b.htm |title=UK Parliamentary Election for the Angus Constituency |accessdate=2007-01-07 |date=2005-05-05 |publisher=Angus Council ] In the Scottish Parliament, Arbroath forms part of the Angus Scottish Parliamentary constituency, represented by Andrew Welsh(SNP). Arbroath also forms part of the North East Scotland electoral region and is represented by seven members of the Scottish Parliament who are elected through a Single Transferable Votesystem from votes placed in the individual constituencies which make up the North East Scotland electoral region. The representatives for the Angus UK and Angus Scottish Parliament constituencies are elected through a first past the post system. cite web|url=http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/locate/con-angu.htm |title=MSP Locator |accessdate=2007-01-07 |publisher=Scottish Parliament ]
Peter Fraser was previously the local member of parliament representing the former Angus South (later Angus East constituency which became the Angus Constituency following devolution in 1997). Peter Fraser was made a life peer and appointed
Lord Advocateby Margaret Thatcherin 1989. Fraser was responsible for preparing much of the prosecution case against the Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi. cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/6197575.stm |title=Lord arrested after air incident |accessdate=2007-01-07 |date=2006-12-20 |work=BBC News Online |publisher=BBC ]
Arbroath has no
twin town. However Arbroath Academy has twinned with Friedensburg-Oberschule, a secondary school in Germany. cite web|url=http://www.schule.de/schulen/fos/projekte/schotten.html |title=Twinning with Arbroath Academy in Angus, Scotland |accessdate=2007-01-07 |work=Friedensburg ] The first exchange taking place in 1987, on the 750th Anniversary of the foundation of Berlin. As part of this celebration, the mayor of Berlin paid for the schools trip.
At coord|56|33|31|N|02|34|58|W|type:city, Arbroath is located on the
North Seacoast in eastern Scotland 17 miles (25 km) northeast of Dundee, within the Angusregion. Geologically, Arbroath sits predominantly on Old Red Sandstone. Lower-lying parts of the town were below sea level during and immediately after the last ice age. cite web|url=http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Forfarshire |title=Forfarshire |accessdate=2007-01-06 |year=1911 |work=Encyclopaedia Britannica ]
Arbroath is located 98 miles (158 km) northeast of
Glasgow, 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Aberdeenand 77 miles (124 km) from Edinburgh. The neighbouring villages of St Vigeans, Carmyllie, Friockheim, Collistonand Inverkeilorare considered part of Arbroath for the purposes of council representation, and together with Carnoustie, share the 01241 telephone area code with Arbroath.
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Residents of Arbroath are called Arbroathians, or Reid Lichties (due to the prominent red harbour light of the town). At the 2001 census, the population of Arbroath was 22,785. Approximately 88.9% were born in Scotland, while 97.7% were born in the
United Kingdomas a whole. Most Arbroath residents are between 16 and 65, with 19.8% under 16, 59.5% between 16 and 65 with those over 65 making up 20.7% of the population. There are 47.1% males to 52.9% females.
Arbroath has one of the highest rates of
unemploymentin Scotland - around 4.0% of the population are claiming unemployment-related social welfarebenefits. cite web|url=http://www.angus.gov.uk/atoz/pdfs/unemploymentfttwa.pdf |title=Unemployment Statistics |accessdate=2007-03-17 |month=January | year=2007 |format=PDF |publisher=Angus Council ]
Migrant workers represented 2.14% of the population, although this percentage is likely to increase over time due to a significant influx of workers to the Arbroath-Dundee region from the
Czech Republicand Sloveniaover the past 10 years and from Polandfollowing that country's accession to the European Unionin 2004. A report in " The Times" in January 2007 claimed 1,500 Bulgarianshad also moved to the Dundee region and more would follow. cite web|url=http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/europe/article1288517.ece |title=Goodbye Sofia, hello to... Dundee |accessdate=2007-01-07 |last=Bannerman |first=Lucy |date=2007-03-17 |work= The Times( London) ]
Arbroath has no sizeable employers outside of the public sector, with most workers commuting to Dundee. cite web|url=http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/publications/economicprofile.pdf |title=Dundee Economic Profile |accessdate=2007-01-07 |format=PDF |publisher=Dundee City Council ] Arbroath itself has an economically active population of 9,192 people, with the
public sector(21.8%) the largest employer of Arbroath residents closely followed by the manufacturing(16%) and retailsector (15.4%). The fishing industry accounts for 0.4% (fewer than 50 people) although the processing sector is considered separately under manufacturing and the figure of 50 people relates directly to the catching and support sectors. cite web|url=http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/metadata/topics/labour_market/Industry.htm |title=Census - Supporting Information |accessdate=2007-01-07 |work=Scotland's Census Results Online (SCROL) |publisher=Scottish Executive ] cite web|url=http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/browser/profile.jsp?profile=Employment&mainArea=Arbroath&mainLevel=Locality |title=Arbroath 2001 Census - Employment |accessdate=2007-01-08 |work=Scotland's Census Results Online (SCROL) |publisher=Scottish Executive ]
Arbroath's prospects originally revolved around the harbour. The original harbour was constructed and maintained by the
abbotwithin the terms of an agreement between the burgesses and John Gedy, the abbot in 1394 AD. This gave way to a more commodious port in 1725, which in turn was enlarged and improved in 1839. Arbroath became a major port for the coastal shipping trade and in 1846, there were 89 Arbroath registered vessels, totalling 9100 gross tons. In the same year, 599 vessels docked at Arbroath, 56 from foreign ports (mainly Baltic ports) with the remaining 543 employed on the coastal trade. Bark, flax, hemp, hides, oak, and fir timber, and guano for manure, groceries from London, and numerous articles of Baltic produce were imported via Arbroath, with manufactured goods (mainly sailcloth) exported via Arbroath.
Arbroath was a manufacturing centre but during the early 1970s manufacturing began to decline. A major employer, Keith & Blackman, closed in 1985 and Giddings and Lewis-Fraser wound down its operations at about the same time, with the entire plant eventually demolished to make way for a
Safeway(now Morrisons) supermarket.cite web|url=http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2004/05/11/newsstory5904078t0.asp |title=Disappointment for Arbroath Shoppers |accessdate=2007-01-13 |last=Jarrett |first=Andrew |date=2004-05-11 |work=Dundee Courier & Advertiser |publisher=DC Thompson ] cite web|url=http://www.arbroathtimeline.moonfruit.com/ |title=Arbroath Timeline |accessdate=2007-01-13 ] Alps Electric Co.was a large employer in Arbroath from 1990 to 2001, employing 180 staff. Following the closure of the plant, all 180 staff were made redundant
Arbroath is home to
45 Commandoof the Royal Marines, who have been based at the RM Base CONDOR since 1971. The barracks were originally built in 1940 and commissioned as RNAS Arbroath / HMS Condor, a Royal Naval Air Station until 1971. The Royal Marines moved to Arbroath in 1971 and remain a major contributor to the local economy, in addition to the Marines stationed at Arbroath, around 600 residents employed by the Ministry of Defence. The Royal Marines from 45 Commando were recently engaged on operations in Afghanistanand have deployed in support of operations in Iraqand the Falklands War. cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6250215.stm |title=UK forces battle Taliban fighters |accessdate=2007-01-11 |date=2007-01-11 |work=BBC News Online |publisher=BBC ] In 2004, there was speculation that RM CONDOR would be transferred to the Army as a replacement for Fort George and that the barracks would become a permanent base for a battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. These plans never went beyond the planning stage and in 2005 it was confirmed the Royal Marines would remain based at the site. cite web|url=http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=857922004 |title=Fort George at risk from defence cuts |accessdate=2007-01-10 |last=Chamberlain |first=Gethin |coauthors=John Ross |date=2004-07-24 |work=The Scotsman ]
House Prices in Arbroath are very close to the national average and in April-June 2006 were £99 below the national average, local prices averaging £113,646 compared to the national average of £113,745. cite web|url=http://www.upmystreet.com/property/prices/l/Arbroath.html |title=Average property prices in Arbroath |accessdate=2007-01-08 |work=UpMyStreet.com ] The average house price across Angus has risen by 14.9% in the past year (to November 2006) and now stands at £124,451. cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/in_depth/uk_house_prices/html/qc.stm |title=UK House Prices |accessdate=2007-01-10 |date=2006-11-17 |work=BBC News Online |publisher=BBC ] Angus Council suggests the recent upgrading of the A92 between Arbroath and Dundee to dual carriageway has lured Dundonians to Arbroath and this may be driving up house prices. [ cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/6287211.stm |title=New road 'improves' town fortune. |accessdate=2007-01-30 |date=2007-01-22 |work=BBC News Online |publisher=BBC ]
Tourism plays some part in the Arbroath economy, with
Arbroath Abbeyattracting over 14,000 visitors each year. cite web|url=http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2003/08/3932 |title=Arbroath Abbey wins gold for green tourism |accessdate=2007-01-08 |date=2003-08-14 |publisher=Scottish Executive ] Attractions during the summer months include the Seafront Spectacular, which includes an airshow, and the Seafest which is themed around Arbroath's maritime heritage. There is also a re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath(the declaration of Scottish independence) and in past years there has been a mock Viking invasion culminating in the burning of a longship. cite web|url=http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2006/07/17/newsstory8552763t0.asp |title=Thrills galore at Seafront Spectacular |accessdate=2007-01-10 |date=2006-07-17 |work=Dundee Courier & Advertiser |publisher=DC Thompson ]
Arbroath is home to
Kerr's Miniature Railway, the oldest miniature railway in Scotland, which has been operating since 1935 and which at its height, in 1955, saw 60,000 visitors. Today, the railway is operated as a hobby by a group of volunteers and remains popular with locals, tourists and railway enthusiasts. cite web|url=http://www.geocities.com/kmr_scotland/ |title=Kerr's Miniature Railway |accessdate=2007-01-12 ]
Arbroath is served by the
A92 roadwhich connects the city to Dundeeand Fifeto the south west, and Stonehavenin the north east. The A92 joins the A90 north of Stonehaven and leads to Aberdeenfurther north. The A92 is dual carriageway from the southern outskirts of Arbroath to the northern outskirts of Dundee, the A92 proceeds through Dundee before crossing the Tay estuary into Fife via the Tay Road Bridge. The A90 can also be reached at Dundee heading both north (to Aberdeen) and south (to Perth and Edinburgh).
Arbroath has a modest public bus transport system, with the Arbroath Bus Station serving as the town's main terminus.
Stagecoach Strathtayand Travel Wishart (part of National Express) operate most of the local services, with most rural services operated by Stagecoach Strathtay. Arbroath has one railway station, a short walk from the bus station, with regional train services to the east coast of Scotland, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow whilst intercity services operate to destinations in England such as Newcastle, Birmingham, Yorkand London. Passenger services at Arbroath are provided by First ScotRail, CrossCountry Trains and National Express East Coast. Dundee has a regional airport which offers commercial flights to London City Airportfive times a week. [cite web
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publisher = Dundee City Council] The airport has a 1,400-metre runway capable of serving small aircraft and is located 3 kilometres west of the city centre, adjacent to the Tay river. The nearest major international airports are in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Arbroath has a sizeable airfield at the
Royal Marinesmilitary base on the western outskirts of the town, but this remains a dedicated military airfield.
Places of worship
Arbroath has several churches, serving almost all
Christiandenominations with Church of Scotland, Roman Catholicand Episcopal churches in the town. Its Methodistchurch is notable as one of the few in Scotland and one of the earliest established. There are no synagogues, mosques or temples and Jewish, Muslimand Hinduworshippers travel to Dundee in order to worship.
Arbroath is home to the Webster Theatre, a venue which has featured
Harry Lauder, Jimmy Tarbuck, cite web|url=http://www.visitscotland.com/library/TheatresinPerthDundeeFife |title=Theatres in Perthshire, Angus, Dundee and Fire |accessdate=2007-01-08 |publisher=Visit Scotland ] Charlie Landsborough, The Illegal Eagles, and the Drifters, and was the first venue the Alexander Brothers, a Scottish easy listening act, performed in as a professional duo. cite web|url=http://www.footstompin.com/artists/the_alexander_brothers |title=The Alexander Brothers |accessdate=2007-01-10 |work=Foot Stompin' Celtic Music ] The Webster Theatre recently went through a multi-million pounds refurbishment and opened in February 2008.
There are several amateur theatre and musical companies based in and around Arbroath, the most well known being the Angus Minstrels group, the last group in Britain to regularly perform
blackface. In 2005, following pressure from Angus Council, who feared legal action, the show began performing without any makeup, and the group changed its name from 'The Angus Black and White Minstrels' to simply 'The Angus Minstrels'. The decision to stop performing the show in blackface received widespread press coverage in the UK. cite web|url=http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2005/11/07/newsstory7715420t0.asp |title=Happy days with minstrels recalled |accessdate=2007-01-09 |last=Barnett |first=Ralph |date=2005-11-07 |work=Dundee Courier & Advertiser |publisher=DC Thompson ] cite web|url=http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=2209882005 |title=Minstrels order to stop 'blacking up' |accessdate=2007-01-09 |last=Bayer |first=Kurt |date=2005-11-08 |work=The Scotsman ]
Since 1947, a
pageantcommemorating the signing of the Declaration has been held within the roofless remains of the abbey. This is run by the local Arbroath Abbey Pageant Society, and re-enacts the story of the signing. cite web|url=http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/output/2005/04/05/story6984886t0.shtm |title=Preparing for Tartan Day events in Angus |accessdate=2007-01-09 |last=Barnett |first=Ralph |date=2005-04-05 |work=Dundee Evening Telegraph |publisher=DC Thompson ]
The author Sir
Walter Scottis famous for the "Waverley" series of novels, including "Rob Roy" and " Ivanhoe". Scott is known to have visited Arbroath three times, and his personal favourite in the series, " The Antiquary" (1816) features affectionately fictionalised versions of both Arbroath ("Fairport") and Auchmithie("Musselcrag"). cite web|url=http://www.walterscott.lib.ed.ac.uk/links/individualworks.html |title=Walter Scott |accessdate=2007-01-09 |date=2006-02-07 |publisher=Edinburgh University Library ]
Arbroath has one museum, the former Bell Rock Lighthouse "Signal Tower". In 1807 Arbroath became the base of operations for the building of the
Bell Rock Lighthouse. The shore station for the lighthouse - the Bell Rock Signal Tower - was completed in 1813 and acted as a lifeline for the keepers offshore. The Signal Tower Museumwas opened in 1974 as a visitor centre detailing the history of the lighthouse and the town of Arbroath. [ [http://www.angusahead.com/AngusListings/TourismAttractions/ArbroathSignalTowerMuseumG6754.asp Arbroath Signal Tower Museum] ]
Arbroath Smokies, for which Arbroath is well-known nationally and internationally, are made solely in Arbroath following the award of Protected Geographical Indicationin 2004, which limits Arbroath Smokie production to within 4 km of Arbroath.
Smokies are made from haddock using traditional methods dating back to the late 1800s where the fish are first salted overnight to preserve them, before being left tied in pairs to dry. Next, the dried fish are hung in a special barrel containing a hardwood fire and covered with a lid. After around an hour of smoking, the fish are golden brown and ready to eat. cite web|url=http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodrin/foodname/UKingdom/arbsm.htm |title=Arbroath Smokie PGI |accessdate=2007-01-09 |date=2004-03-31 |work=DEFRA EU Protected Food Names |publisher=HM Government ]
The preparation of Smokies remains a
cottage industryin Arbroath, centred almost exclusively at the harbour area, though one larger processor, RR Spink, supplies Arbroath Smokies to several UK supermarket chains, and to HM Queen Elizabeth IIfor which the company holds a Royal Warrant. cite web|url=http://www.royalwarrant.org/DirectorySQL.asp |title=The Royal Warrant Holders Association |accessdate=2007-01-09 ] cite web|url=http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=363452004 |title=New factory revives 'Smokie' production |accessdate=2007-01-09 |last=Urquhart |first=Frank |date=2004-04-30 |work=The Scotsman ]
Arbroath has one professional football team, Arbroath, presently playing in the 2nd division of the
Scottish Football League. Arbroath play their home matches at Gayfield Park, which holds the record for being the closest stadium to the sea in European football (around five metres from the high tide line). cite web|url=http://www.scottishgroundguide.co.uk/arbroath.htm |title=Arbroath Gayfield Park |accessdate=2007-01-09 |publisher=Scottish Football Ground Guide] Arbroath F.C. holds the world record for the largest winning margin in a senior football match, 36-0, in their Scottish Cup match against Bon Accord (a scratch team from Aberdeen) on 12 September 1885. [cite news | url = http://heritage.scotsman.com/traditions.cfm?id=2372812005 | title = "A day when Scottish football scorched the record books"| publisher = The Scotsman | date = 2005-12-09 ] Further goals were disallowed either for offside, or because it was not clear whether the ball had gone into the goal. [cite news | url = http://heritage.scotsman.com/traditions.cfm?id=2372812005 | title = "The 36-0 team"| publisher = Arbroath F.C. | year = 2003 ] For this reason the AFC supporters' club is called the "36-0 club" in memory of this event. Arbroath F.C. are nicknamed "The Red Lichties" due to the red light that used to guide fishing boats back from the North Sea to the harbour ("Lichtie" being a Scots word for light). Arbroath and the surrounding areas are home to several amateur senior and junior teams competing in the various amateur leagues, such as Arbroath Victoria F.C.and Arbroath SC.
Arbroath also has a
cricketclub, Rugby unionclub and several bowlsclubs, with the present (2006) World and British singles champion Darren Burnett a native of Arbroath. Darren also works as a police officer with Tayside Police. cite web|url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/4/story.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10418090 |title=Bowls: Lawson scorches path to last eight |accessdate=2007-01-09 |date=2007-01-08 |work=New Zealand Herald ]
Arbroath has one further education college, Angus College which is based in the former Arbroath High School buildings. There are two
secondary schoolsand 11 primary schools. One primary school is Roman Catholic, the remaining schools are non-denominational. There are 2260 pupils in primary school education in Arbroath with a further 1720 pupils in secondary education. cite web|url=http://www.angus.gov.uk/atoz/primaryschools.cfm |title=Angus Council Schools |accessdate=2007-01-09 |publisher=Angus Council ]
Arbroath has two secondary schools, Arbroath High School and Arbroath Academy. The High School (the older of the two), was originally a
grammar schooland the Academy a comprehensive. The Academy is located near the Mayfield area and the High School near Keptie Pond. Both schools are well regarded with exam results along reading and writing performance indicators above the national average. cite web|url=http://www.hmie.gov.uk/documents/inspection/Angus%20INEA%2004_02.pdf |title=HMSI - Angus Council |accessdate=2007-01-09 |date=2002-04 |format=PDF |work=HMSI |publisher=Scottish Executive ]
Noted former pupils of Arbroath High School include Michael Forsyth, former Scottish Secretary cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/election97/candidates/293.htm |title=Michael Forsyth |accessdate=2007-01-09 |year=1997 |work=BBC News Online |publisher=BBC ] and
Andrew Webster, a professional footballer who is on loan at Bristol City from (Glasgow) Rangers FC.
Angus College, a
further educationcollege, has around 8500 students, with 80% of passing the course for which they enrol. There are around 1700 full time students with part-time students making up the majority of the student population. Arbroath is not a student town and there are no student residences in the town. The student population is made up solely of local students living within commuting distance of the college. Angus College offers courses up to Higher National Diploma(HND) level in a variety of trade related and academic disciplines from construction to Social Sciences, as well as a sizeable number of programs relating to computing, information technology and office administration. A large number of the student body are mature students taking evening classes related to computing, digital photography and various software packages. cite web|url=http://www.angus.ac.uk/FOI |title=Angus College FOI |accessdate=2006-11-14 |publisher=Angus College ]
School leavers going onto study at university have the choice of several local institutions - the
University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, the University of St Andrewsand the University of Aberdeenall within around one hour's travel from Arbroath.
Neil Arnott, inventor of the Waterbed and hot air stove as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society. cite web|url=http://www.hevac-heritage.org/victorian_engineers/arnott/arnott.htm |title=Dr Neil Arnott |accessdate=2008-09-30 |publisher=Heritage Group Website of the CIBSE ]
David Dunbar Buick, founder of the Buick Motor Company, and inventor of the enameled bathtuband the overhead valveengine.
James Chalmers, inventor of the adhesive postage stampand promoter of the uniform postal rate.
Dominik Diamond, TV presenter. cite web|url=http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/showbiz/s/210/210743_tv_presenter_backs_out_of_crucifixion_ordeal.html |title=TV presenter backs out of crucifixion ordeal |accessdate=2007-01-10 |date=2006-04-14 |work=Manchester Evening News ]
Durward Lely, Opera Singer and well known Gilbert and Sullivan performer. cite web|url=http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/whowaswho/L/LelyDurward.htm |title=Durward Lely |accessdate=2008-10-01 |publisher=the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive ]
John Ritchie Findlay, (1824-1898) proprietor of the The Scotsmannewspaper and philanthropist, born in Arbroath on 21 October 1824. cite web|url=http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/people/famousfirst1289.html |title=John Ritchie Findlay |accessdate=2007-01-09 |work=The Gazetteer for Scotland ]
* Sir Harry Lauder, lived and worked in Arbroath until the age of 14. cite web|url=http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/sta/lauder/index.html |title=Harry Lauder |accessdate=2007-01-09 |publisher=Glasgow University Library ]
* Jamieson Douglas Fletcher, Second Laird of the Mearns.
* James Lyle Mackay, later first
Earl of Inchcape, 1852-1932, was born and educated in Arbroath. Chairman of the P&O Lineand the British India Company.
* Charles Milne, born Arbroath 1829, Great Grandfather of legendary singer
Judy Garlandand Great Great Grandfather of Liza Minnellicite web|url=http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/liza-minnelli/ |title=Ancestry of Liza Minnelli |accessdate=2007-01-09 |publisher=Genealogy.com ]
Morris Pert, percussionist who has recorded with many major musical artists, including Phil Collins. cite web|url=http://www.morrispert.com/mp_bio.html |title=Morris Pert Official Biography |accessdate=2007-01-09 |work=morrispert.com |publisher=Morris Pert ]
* Alexander Shanks, (1801-1845) inventor of the "Caledonia"
lawn mowerduring 1850s, lived in Arbroath.
* Andy Stewart, musician and entertainer. Although born in
Glasgow, he moved to Arbroath as a boy, lived in Glasgow, then retired to Arbroath. cite web|url=http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/people/famousfirst303.html |title=Andrew (Andy) Stewart |accessdate=2007-01-09 |work=The Gazetteer for Scotland ]
List of places in Angus
Bell Rock Lighthouse
Signal Tower Museum
Kerr's Miniature Railway
Declaration of Arbroath
Aber and Inver as place-name elements
* [http://www.theshoppie.com The Shoppie (Arbroath's Website)]
* [http://www.arbroathtoday.co.uk/ The Arbroath Herald] Arbroath's Weekly Newspaper
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/scottishhistory/independence/features_independence_arbroath.shtml BBC History entry]
* [http://www.angus.gov.uk/history/features/2004-08-oldarbroath.htm A Glimpse of Old Arbroath] from Angus Council
* [http://www.arbroathrfc.com/ Arbroath Rugby Football Club]
* [http://www.arbroathfc.co.uk/ Arbroath Football Club]
* [http://www.arbroathtimeline.moonfruit.com/ An Arbroath Timeline]
* [http://www.seafront.org.uk/ Arbroath Seafront Spectacular]
* [http://www.historyofthesmokie.co.uk/ Documentary film about the history of the Arbroath Smokie]
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