MBHSMontrose Basin Heritage Society

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  
  Stonehenge c2500BC
2500BC Bronze Age  
  ‡ 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
    Lulach 1058
    Malcolm III 1058 (Canmore)
    Battle: Hastings 1066
    Malcolm m. Margaret 1070
    Duncan II
    Donald Ban 1093
    Edgar 1097
    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  
    Margaret 1286
    Interregnum 1290
    John Balliol 1292
1296 John Balliol stripped of kingship, while Edward I stays at Montrose Castle  
    Interregnum 1296
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.
    Victoria 1837
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
1911 Ferry motorised.
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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