The History of Montrose and its Surrounding Parishes
Timeline of Montrose Area
Key: ‡ - Archaeological site; <> - Archaeological find; mya - Million years ago
|Date||Montrose Event||World Event|
|4400 mya||Pre Cambrian Era||The Earth forms|
|545 mya||Paleozoic Era - Cambrian Period||Oldest multi-celled animals|
|495 mya||Ordovician Period - Wide ocean between North America (inc Scotland) and Europe (inc England & Wales)|
|440 mya||Silurian Period||Mountains begin to form
Ocean gradually closes
|417 mya||Devonian Period - Old Red Sandstone is the earliest geology of the Montrose area. Rivers and Volcanoes form the landscape|
|354 mya||Carboniferous Period||Tropical conditions, reptiles appear|
|250 mya||Mesozoic Era - Triassic Period||North Sea and the Minch form. Dinosaurs & mammals appear|
|142 mya||Cretaceous Period||Dinosaurs disappear. Flowering plants appear|
|66-56 mya||Cenozoic Era - Palaeocene Period||Atlantic Ocean forms|
|1.8 mya – 11 thousand years ago||Quaternary Period - Pleistocene Epoch. Periodic glaciations alternating with more temperate weather. Each glacial episode removed evidence of the previous one. The coastal lands rise and fail with the climate changes altering the coastline continuously throughout the Ice Age|
|11k – Present||Holocene epoch||Post-glacial to present|
|Pre 8000BC||Palaeolithic Stone Age|
|8000BC||Mesolithic Stone Age - People were nomadic Hunter/gatherer/fishers|
|5000BC||Tsunami - Huge tidal wave caused by a landslide off the coast of Norway (Storegga) hits the east coast of Scotland|
|3500BC||Neolithic Stone Age - People began to adopt agriculture and became more settled. Large communal monuments were built|
|‡ Cursus (linear monument) from Powis to Old Montrose||First of series of Egyptian Pharaoh dynasties c3100BC|
|‡ Remains of timber structure and ditches under Fordhouse of Dun Barrow||Skara Brae c3000BC|
|<> Scrapers from Old Montrose, Maryton, Bonnyton and Hillside||First Pyramids built c2650BC|
|<> Axes from Scurdie Ness, Hillside, Bridge of Dun and Montrose Basin|
|‡ Maryton Law Barrow (excavated - finds include sherds of pottery, flint tools and large, clear crystal)|
|‡ Fordhouse of Dun Barrow (excavated - finds include 38 separate ceramic pots and accompanying cremations)|
|‡ Ring ditches (possibly Bronze Age) at Dun, Dubton & Old Montrose|
|<> Barbed and tanged arrowhead find at Newmanswalls||Rise of the Greek civilisation c1200BC|
|<> Looped Palstave (type of axe head) find at Rossie Island|
|<> Gold jewellery find north of Montrose town|
|Standing Stone Field (situated north of Montrose Town and referred to in Town records until 17th century) possibly dates from the Bronze Age|
|c800BC||<> Bronze Sword find at Montrose|
|800BC onwards||Iron Age|
|Defences - Dun and Dunninald placenames indicate forts||Roman Republic 510BC|
|‡ Promontory Fort at Scurdiness|
|‡ Enclosure at end of Cursus at Powis|
|<> Iron Sword find at Balwyllo||Roman Empire 27BC|
|AD81||‡ Roman Naval Camp on north side of Basin near Gilrivie||Battle: Mons Graupius AD84|
|<> Stone oil lamps finds at Dun|
|<> Gold ring and Roman Intaglio (engraved insert for ring) finds, both at Usan|
|c100||Square barrows at Old Montrose|
|St Ninian arrives in Scotland c400|
|C500||St Brioc - the church at Inchbrayock, situated on Rossie Island was dedicated to St Brioc (also spelled Bruic or Broc)|
|St Columba arrives in Scotland 563|
|C570||St Skae - the ruined chapel dedicated to St Skae (also known as St Skaoch) lies on the clifftop near Boddin Point. She came from Ireland, perhaps with St Columba. The old parish of Dunninald was known as St Skaochy prior to the Reformation|
|Battle: Dunnichen (Nechtansmere) 685|
|c750||St Fergus - the chapel dedicated to St Fergus lies near Mains of Usan farm. He was a Pict who trained for the priesthood in Ireland. He died at Glamis c750|
|Kings of Scots: Kenneth MacAlpin ?842-858|
|c850 – 950||A The sculptured stones of Inchbrayoch (now held in Montrose Museum) and Farnell (now held in Pictavia) date from this period|
|c850 onwards||Pictish language was giving way to Gaelic||Donald I 858-862 Constantine I 862-876|
|c900||<> Viking grave pin find from Fordhouse of Dun||Donald II 899-900 Constantine II 900-943 Malcolm I 943-954|
|Kenneth II 971-995|
|Norse influence Stromnay (meaning tidal-race island) a place-name used up to 14th Century also Gait (meaning street) as in Seagait|
|Kenneth III 997-1005|
|c1000||Mormaers were members of the ancient Celtic aristocracy and the king's representatives in their district. They were the local overlords and dispensed justice, levied the taxes due to the king and organised military service. 'Mormaer' gave way to the term 'Earlby' the late-12th century.||Malcolm II 1005|
|Duncan I 1034|
|Thanes were managers of the land for overlords, but on a smaller scale than the mormaers. Thanes appear in the records in Scotland at the beginning of the 10th century in the reign of Malcolm II (1005-34). There were Thanes locally at Old Montrose, Kinnaber, Morphie, Ecclesgreig and Inverkeilor.||Macbeth 1040|
|Malcolm III 1058 (Canmore)|
|Battle: Hastings 1066|
|Malcolm m. Margaret 1070|
|Donald Ban 1093|
|Alexander I 1107|
|David I 1124|
|c1130||Royal Burgh of Montrose established|
|Malcolm IV 1153|
|c1165||Castle at Montrose|
|1165||Lands of Dun granted to John of Hastings.||William I 1165 (The Lion)|
|First reference to Hedderwick|
|1178||Arbroath Abbey founded. Ferry rights over South Esk transferred to Arbroath Abbey. Annanie or Inyaney Estate (which included parts of Fullerton, Old Montrose & Bonnyton) was gifted to Crane - gatekeeper of castle of Montrose|
|Alexander II 1214|
|1244||Fire destroys large part of Montrose|
|1245||Rossy: Hugh de Malherbe sold estate and castle to a vassal thereafter called de Rossy. De Malherbe also donated part of his lands to the hospital|
|Alexander III 1249|
|Queen Margaret canonised 1250|
|1261||Estate of Annanie left to five daughters and divided among them on decision of a Barons' Assize|
|1261||Foundation of the Dominican Priory|
|1270||Montrose one of the four principal ports of Scotland|
|John Balliol 1292|
|1296||John Balliol stripped of kingship, while Edward I stays at Montrose Castle|
|1297||Montrose Castle razed by William Wallace|
|1300||Montrose has hospital||Robert I 1306 (Robert the Bruce)|
|Battle: Bannockburn 1314|
|Declaration of Arbroath 1320|
|1325||Grahams acquire Old Montrose from Robert the Bruce|
|1327||Lands of Fullerton with the office of King's Falconer granted to Geoffrey thereafter known as 'de Fullerton'|
|1328||Maryton gifted to Walter Schaklok. Henry De Rossy buys part of Annanie from Walter Schaklok|
|1329||School in Montrose||David II 1329|
|1349||'The Black Death'. Plague kills a third of population|
|1352||A charter granted by David II confirmed Montrose's privileges|
|1369||Royal Charter gives fishings on North and South Esks to Montrose|
|Robert II 1371|
|1375||Sir Robert Erskine acquires Barony of Dun. Ecclesjohn Estate also acquired|
|1377||John Erskine (grandson of Robert) first to be designated Laird of Dun|
|1385||A further charter, granted by Robert II, confirmed the burgh's status|
|Robert III 1390|
|1393||William Tulloch received Bonnyton Castle|
|James I 1406|
|1409||Erskine of Dun mortifies (grants in perpetuity to an ecclesiastical estate) lands of Ecclesjohn to the Bishop of Brechin, Chapel at Ecclesjohn used by pilgrims|
|1437||Sir Thomas Maule claims Lordship of Hedderwick||James II 1437|
|1446||Fullerton absorbed into Old Montrose|
|1451||Barony of Old Montrose created|
|James III 1460|
|1484||David Rossy sold Usan to Walter Lichtoun|
|James IV 1488|
|1490||Erskines of Dun acquire Hedderwick|
|1493||Dispute between townspeople of Montrose and Erskine of Dun over right to gather bait on Basin|
|1498||Janet Tulloch sold her part of the mill at Bonnyton|
|1500||House at Dun described as a tower house|
|1505||3rd Lord Graham created 1st Earl of Montrose.
David Rossy sold Craig to Andrew Wood of Largo
|1511||Barony of Usan created|
|1513||1st Earl of Montrose slain at Flodden and four Erskines of Dun killed||Battle: Flodden 1513|
|James V 1513|
|1525||Salmon trade booming, although trade in Montrose had generally declined|
|Patrick Hamilton burnt 1528|
|1534||David Stratoun of St Cyrus burnt at the stake|
|1540||John Erskine 5th Laird of Dun became Provost of Montrose|
|1541||John Erskine 5th Laird of Dun became Constable of Montrose|
|Mary I 1542 (Queen of Scots)|
|George Wishart burnt – March 1546.|
|Cardinal Beaton murdered May 1546|
|Rough Wooing 1547|
|1548||English attempt to invade Montrose repelled at Battle of the Links.
Fort built on site of present Infirmary
|1555/6||John Knox: preaches at Dun Church occasionally in these years|
|1556||John Lichtoun received lands of Usan including fishing and fishertown|
|1557||John of Dun recognised as feuar of lands of Ecclesjohn by the Bishop of Brechin|
|1558||Walter Miln, 80-year-old priest from Lunan, burnt as heretic|
|1560||Montrosians John Erskine, Andrew Melville and George Wishart had important roles in the Reformation.||Reformation Parliament & first Assembly of Church of Scotland 1560|
|Mary Queen of Scots returns to Scotland 1561|
|1562||James Melville, nephew of Andrew Melville, wrote in his diary that he had been instructed "how to use the glubb for goff" on the Links at Montrose - the first written record of golf being played in the burgh.|
|1565||Sir John Erskine Moderator of General Assembly|
|1567||Fishing rights on North Esk transferred from Friars of St Mary's at Montrose to Wishart of Pitarrow||Mary abdicated 1567|
|James VI 1567|
|1574||Andrew Melville of Baldovie returns to Scotland and becomes leading academic spokesman for the Kirk for next 30 years|
|1583||Benefices (parishes) of Ecclesjohn and Dun are united|
|'Black Acts' 1584 enforce King's rule over church|
|Mary Queen of Scots executed 1587|
|1590||Hedderwick passes to the Grahams|
|1599||3rd Earl of Montrose became Chancellor of Scotland|
|1600||The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland met in Montrose|
|Union of Crowns 1603 James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England|
|1612||10th Laird of Dun, a boy called John, poisoned by his Uncle Robert and his sisters.
James Graham born (becomes 1st Marquis of Montrose)
|1615||Craig owned by Carnegies.
George Erskine of Kirkbuddo inherits Ecclesjohn
|1618||Parishes of Dunninald and Craig united|
|Charles I 1625|
|1626||4th Earl of Montrose is President of the Council of Scotland|
|1630||Erskines of Kirkbuddo acquire Hedderwick|
|National Covenant 1638|
|1641||Old Montrose ransacked by Covenanters. Repaired 1642|
|Solemn League and Covenant 1643|
|1644||James Graham plunders Dun after Montrose citizens - pro-Covenanters - hid their valuables there as the town had already been raided by Irvine of Drum.|
|James Graham created 1st Marquis of Montrose and Lt General of Scotland|
|1648/9||Plague in Montrose killing half the population. Harbour closed, Town Council meetings suspended. Plague pits for dead sited on Links||Charles I executed in 1649. Charles II (in exile) proclaimed King in Edinbugh|
|1650||Marquis of Montrose executed in Edinburgh|
|Scotland formally unified with England and Ireland under Cromwell in 1653 - Commonwealth|
|1659||Patrick Scott acquires Craig.
James Scott buys Hedderwick. New house built
|Charles II 1660 Restored|
|1663||Patrick Scott buys Rossie Estate|
|1666||Barony of Bonniton created|
|1668||Old Montrose Barony given to John, Earl of Middleton|
|1670||Dun sells Land of Sands to Robert Raitt for Dronner's Dyke|
|1678||Dronner's Dyke built but destroyed within a year by storm reputedly conjured up by Montrose witch Maggie Cowie|
|James VII & II 1685|
|William II & III of Orange & Mary 1689 (Joint Sovereigns)|
|1690||Patrick Renny bought Usan|
|1690s||Five years of famine caused the death or dispersal of almost a third of rural population||Massacre of Glencoe 1692|
|Mary's death. Sole reign of William II & III 1694|
|1700s||Lime Kiln built at Hedderwick.||Anne 1702|
|Period of Milnes at Ecclesjohn. New mansion house built||Act of Union 1707|
|George I 1714|
|1715||The Old Pretender (James VIII) spends his last night in Scotland as guest of Scott of Hedderwick||Jacobite Rising 1715|
|1726||Col Scott buys Ecclesjohn|
|1726||Handel reputedly visited St Peter's Episcopal Church|
|George II 1727|
|1730||New house built at Dun designed by William Adam|
|1739||Glenskenno Spring acquired as water supply for Montrose|
|1740||Hedderwick largely rebuilt|
|1742||Scott of Rossie held all sixteen sixteenths of Montrose Town fishings|
|1744||Susan Scott Carnegie 1744-1821 (Social activist)|
|1745||Naval Battle at Montrose. English sloop The Hazard captured by Jacobites. French ship La Fine sunk off Rossie Island||Jacobite Rising 1745|
|1746||Cumberland's army billeted at Montrose after Culloden||Battle: Culloden 1746|
|George III 1760|
|1763||Town Building - lower floors and Piazza built|
|American Declaration Independence 1776|
|1765||William Dorward 1765-1848 (Merchant and philanthropist)|
|1773||Robert Brown 1773-1858 (Botanist and scientist)|
|1773||Montrose visited by Dr Samuel Johnston and James Boswell who stayed at the Ship Inn, 107, High St.|
|1775||Lower North Water Bridge erected at a cost of £6,500|
|1777||Joseph Hume 1777-1855 (Surgeon, MP and social reformer)|
|1780||Duncans acquire Rosemount and build new house|
|1782||Montrose Lunatic Asylum and Infirmary instituted thought the efforts of Susan Carnegie. First in Scotland|
|1783||Hercules Ross buys Rossie and Craig estates|
|1785||Montrose Library instituted|
|1785||'Outside' firms, mostly from Berwick, begin to take over salmon tacks|
|1786||Bridge of Dun erected|
|1787||George Oglivy buys Ecclesjohn, changes its name to Langley Park|
|1787||Poet, Robert Burns, visited his cousin James Burness, a lawyer in the burgh|
|French Revolution 1789|
|1791||Carnegies of Kinnaird buy Old Montrose|
|1792||Sir James Duke 1792-1873 (Politician)|
|1793||James Cruikshank buys Langley Park|
|1795||Wooden Bridge over South Esk erected (the Timmer Bridge).
Annual horse racing begins on racecourse on Links
|1799||Inch Bridge erected|
|1800||First lifeboat at Montrose|
|1805||Rossie Castle completed by Hercules Ross|
|1809||Bothy system begins to be used in Angus farms|
|1810||Montrose Golf Club instituted|
|1811||The Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin Review and Forfar and Kincardineshire Shires Advertiser, first published|
|1814||Theatre Royal (in Bridge Street) opened.|
|1815||Foundation stone for Montrose Academy laid|
|1815||Glenskenno added to Langley Park estate||Battle: Waterloo 1815|
|1817||Draining of the Lurgies at west edge of Basin|
|11817||First municipal election in Montrose|
|1818||South Esk leading lights first lit|
|1819||Top storey added to town buildings (see 1763)|
|1820s||Whaling Industry reaches its peak||George IV 1820|
|1821||Margaret Shuttleworth executed for the murder of her husband but evidence largely circumstantial|
|1823||George Beattie, lawyer and poet, committed suicide after being rejected by the love of his life, Miss William Gibson|
|1825||Joseph Johnston begins salmon company in Montrose|
|1829||Suspension Bridge over South Esk opened|
|1829||Great flood on North Esk forming new river mouth|
|1830||A near disaster when a chain on the suspension bridge broke during a boat race due to hundreds of spectators using the bridge as a vantage point||William IV 1830|
|1832||Foundation stone of Steeple laid|
|1833||George Paul Chalmers 1833-1878 (Artist)||Abolition of Slavery 1833|
|1835||Royal Infirmary opens.
Windmill Hill, near the port area, removed.
|1838||Gas Works built, gas light in town.
Foundation stones of Dorward House and Montrose Royal Infirmary laid.
Wet Dock building began, opened 1843
|1839||Dorward House opened.
Infirmary opened for patients
|1840||Montrose Savings Bank opened.
Rosehill Cemetary opened
|1842||Montrose Museum built. See Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society website|
|1845||Public Baths built just to west of Suspension Bridge near the Infirmary|
|Corn Laws repealed 1846|
|1848||Lochside Water Tower, Northesk Road, built|
|1850||Town Council instituted the Montrose Arrow, to be shot for by the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen's bodyguard in Scotland|
|1853||Building began of the new Psychiatric Hospital at Sunnyside. Old buildings sold to War Office for barracks|
|Crimean War begins 1854|
|Indian Mutiny 1857|
|1859||Statue to Joseph Hume, a radical politician, unveiled|
|1860||Assembly Halls (now Old and St Andrew's Church halls) opened|
|1863||Violet Jacob 1863-1946 (Novelist and poet)|
|1864||Victoria Golf Club instituted|
|1865||Montrose-Bervie Railway opens|
|1866||Last public execution in Montrose - Andrew Brown hanged for murder of sea captain John Greig|
|1870||Scurdie Ness Lighthouse first lit (Stevenson)|
|1876||Melville Gardens opened on 1st September.
Caledonia Golf Club instituted
|Education Act 1872|
|1878||Memorial Hall, Baltic Street, opened|
|1879||Montrose Football Club and Mercantile Golf Club formed||Tay Bridge Disaster 1879|
|1880||North British Railway South Esk viaduct opens|
|1881||Poet William McGonagall gave a reading at the Masonic Hall, including his poem "Bonnie Montrose"|
|1883||Montrose-Arbroath railway opened for passenger traffic|
|1886||Helen Cruickshank 1886-1975 (Poet, political campaigner, civil servant)|
|1889||Elementary school fees abolished, other that for the Academy|
|1890||West End park laid out.
Sleepyhillock purchased for £1,580.
Death of Provost George Scott who was the driving force behind the development of the mid-links area
|1891||Southesk School opened - cost £6,400|
|1892||Hugh MacDiarmid born in Langholm. (Poet, journalist (see 1921), political activist)|
|1893||Rossie island bought by Town Council.
William Lamb 1893-1951 (Sculptor and artist)
|1894||Site for public library purchased for £2,500|
|1895||First burial at Sleepyhillock Cemetery.
Rossie Island transferred to Montrose Parish from Craig.
Refreshment rooms built at Traill Drive
|1897||North Links school opened (costing £18,000) and had a swimming pool in the basement.
West End bowling green opened
|1898||Drill Hall opened costing £2,300|
|Boer War begins 1899|
|1900||Savings Bank building, Castle Place erected costing £2,300.
John Chassar Moir, obstetrician and gynaecologist born
|1901||Lifeboat Station built||Edward VII 1901|
|1904||Edward Baird 1904-1949 (Artist).
Hope Paton gardens and bowling green opened.
Provost George Scott memorial fountain unveiled.
Colonel "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West Show came to Montrose
|1905||New Public Library opened by Andrew Carnegie.|
|1906||Fionn MacColla (Thomas J. Douglas MacDonald) 1906-1975 (Teacher, novelist and social commentator)|
|1907||Post Office, bridge Street opened costing £5,500|
|1910||Rossie and Craig estate split up and sold.
Hillside Public Hall opened
|George V 1910|
Brothers, John Traill of Melbourne and David Traill of West Bromwich, gifted the town £2,100
|1912||Statue to Robert Burns unveiled by Andrew Carnegie.
Tennis courts on links opened. Traill Drive opened.
|1913||Aviation base established Upper Dysart.
Robert Simpson Silver 1913-1997 (Engineer, research scientist, professor and writer).
Mace presented to Town Council by Lord Latymer.
Royal Flying Corps establish UK's first operational base at Upper Dysart near Montrose
|1914||Aerodrome established on Links at Broomfield||1st World War 1914-1918|
|1915||King's Playhouse opened|
|1919||Housing scheme begun on Rossie Island|
|1921||Hugh MacDiarmid moved to Montrose to become journalist on Montrose Review. (1892-1978) (Poet, journalist, political activist)|
|1922||Granite setts laid in the Hight Street costing £19,936.
Academy War Memorial unveiled
|1924||War Memorial at Hope Paton Green unveiled by Major Hoyer Millar costing £2,400|
|1925||Dorward Place tennis courts opened.
Chivers' factory opened.
|1926||Lifeboat "John Russell" named by HRH Duchess of York (the late Queen Mother)|
|1929||North Links Ladies Golf Club formed.
Suspension Bridge demolished.
CM Grieve (High MacDiarmid) left Montrose
|1930||Angus County Council took over management of public health, police etc. from Town Council|
|1931||New Bridge over South Esk opens costing £:77,774|
|1932||Angus Playhouse opened|
|1935||Military Air Station re-established at Broomfield|
|Edward VIII 1936 Abdicated 1936 George VI 1936|
|1937||24 children (10 boys and 14 girls), refugees from the Spanish
Civil war, are housed in Mall Park House for three years.
Burgh Hall destroyed by fire
|The Spanish Civil War 1936 - 39|
|1939||First air raid warning.
Death of ex-Provost Joseph Foreman, proprietor and editor of Montrose Review
|2nd World War 1939-1945|
|1940||A bombing raid in October caused considerable damage and the deaths of six servicemen at the airfield|
|1940s||South Esk Ferry ceases|
|1940||Edwin Scott Luke buys Langley Park. Let to Air Ministry|
|1941||A bombing raid in May resulted in the death of a woman in Bents Road while another in August caused the deaths of three women and a child on Rossie Island|
|1944||Death of ex-Baillie J.G. Low, a keen artist and local historian|
|1946||The Good Hope and Norman J. Maysmith lifeboats named.
Shipbuilding re-commenced on Rossie Island
|1947||Redfield Housing Scheme commenced|
|1948||Death of ex-Provost W. Douglas Johnston.
Rossie Island Bowling Green (Inch) opened. W. Douglas Johnston donated and willed the funds for it.
Charleton maternity home opened as part of the new NHS
|1949||Reconstruction of Langley Park - Top floor removed|
|1949||Second World War Memorial additions designed and sculpted by William Lamb and
unveiled by Provost W. Coull.
Death of Edward Baird
|1950||Broomfield closed as a Military Base|
|1951||Death of William Lamb|
|1952||Glaxo comes to Montrose.
Death of James Foreman, proprietor and editor of Montrose Review
|Elizabeth II 1952|
|1954||Brechin Road Housing Scheme commenced|
|c1955||Newmanswalls House demolished having been burnt pre-war.
Death of ex-Provost H.H. Soutar
|1956||New beach defence works adopted by Town Council.
Councillor Glory D.D. Adamsgiven Freedom of the Burgh.
Death of ex-Provost A.W. Ritchie.
The Montrose Society formed
|1957||Rossie Castle razed.
Housing begun at Panter Crescent, Borrowfield
|1961||Death of Glory Adams (see 1956)|
|1962||Indoor swimming pool (costing £120,000) officially opened by Lord Hughes of Hawkhill|
|1963||New Town Hall (the former Melville Church) opened by Princess Alexandra.
First Montrose Festival of Art, Music and Drama
|1964||Ex-Bailie J.M. Piggins given the Freedom of the Burgh|
|1967||Paton's Mill closed|
|1969||Ex-Provost William Johnston given the Freedom of the Burgh and made an MBE.
Death of ex-Provost J.C. Cameron.
Death of William Roger, wood turner and longest serving employee at Paton's Mill 1899-1967
|America lands man on Moon 1969|
|1971||Miss M.M. Mitchell elected as last Provost of the Burgh|
|1972||Borrowfield Housing Scheme completed.
Glaxo Laboratories £2.5 million extension.
North channel of South Esk (also known as the Inch Burn) infilled and the Inch Bridge covered for the P&O oil base
|1973||Lifeboat, Lady McRobert, names by Princess Alexandra.
Taylor's Auction Rooms opened in Panmure Row
|1975||Town Council wound up as a result of local government re-organisation.
Oil base opened by Mrs. Margaret Thatcher.
Death of Tom Macdonald.
Death of Helen Cruickshank
|1977||Playhouse Theatre closed.
Death of Professor John Chassar Moir
|1980||House of Dun bequeathed to the National Trust|
|1981||Montrose Basin declared local Nature Reserve.
Wet dock infilled.
Montrose Review moved to the former St Luke's and St John's Church in John Street.
Charleton Maternity Home closed (see 1948)
|1984||Ruins of Hedderwick house levelled for safety|
|1985||Death of Jack Smith, Montrose Review editor and columnist|
|1991||Playhouse Theatre destroyed by fire. "Chivers" factory closed|
|1993||Aerodrome Museum opens at Broomfield|
|1994||Montrose twinned with the French town of Luzarches|
|1995||Basin Wildlife Centre opened by Scottish Wildlife Trust|
|1996||Death of Colin G. Campbell, clock maker, bell ringer and occasional Montrose Review columnist|
|1997||Death of Professor Robert Silver.
Relief road opens
|New Scottish Parliament 1999|
|2004||Links Health Centre opens.
Works start on replacing concrete road bridge over South Esk
|2006||New Bridge over South Esk opens replacing 1930 concrete bridge|
|2009||Montrose Review office moved to Murray Street|
|2010||Taylor's Auction Rooms moved to Brent Avenue.
Bus garage on Rossie Island closed.
Corner House Hotel closed
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