1178 - Arbroath Abbey was founded by King
William the Lion, leading to the town of
Arbroath growing around it.
1320 - the Scottish Parliament met at
Arbroath Abbey and sent a letter to the Pope
known as the Declaration of Arbroath. This
letter was to persuade the Pope to recognize
Scotland as an independent country under King
Robert the Bruce.
1394 - a harbour for fishing vessels is
built for the Abbey.
1446 - the Battle of
Arbroath took place between the Lindsay
Clan and the Ogilvy Clan as they disputed who
should be in control of justice on the vast
Arbroath Abbey lands. Around 500 men died in
the battle with no clear winner.
1560 - the Protestant Reformation lead to
the Abbey being abandoned and falling into
ruin. Catholic worship was banned at this time
and Protestant Kings and Queens would be chosen
before their Catholic relations.
1723 - the harbour at Arbroath was
1745 - Arbroath was a Jacobite town with
many men joining the attempt to have the
Catholic Stuart's returned to the British
throne. The towns harbour was used for ships
transferring men and supplies.
1746 - the Jacobite defeat at the Battle of
Culloden by Inverness ended the Jacobite
1700s late - Arbroath grew around the
production of Jute into rough cloth
and sail cloth for ships. There were around 34
Jute mills in the area.
The town was also well known for
manufacturing shoes and lawnmowers.
1839 - Arbroath Harbour was extended again
to increase the fishing fleet. Around 40
fishing vessels were based at Arbroath at one
time. Only a few fishing vessels use the
The Arbroath Smokie
is smoked haddock from the town well known
throughout the UK.