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Map for the area Top Attractions.
The image top is looking down Forfar High
Street with St Johns Church on the right.
The second image is of the Chapelbank Hotel with
The image third top is of the Town Hall in
the centre of Forfar.
The Meffan Museum and Art Gallery are a
short distance west of the town Hall on West
High Street. The Museum covers ancient stones,
a long boat from the 1100s?, information on
women being executed for being witches in the
1600s, and a street with old shops from the
Priory is situated 2 miles northeast of
Forfar with a car park, free to visit, with the
earliest parts of the Priory from the
Pre History - the Picts were in control of
the area around Forfar, and most other parts of
northern Scotland. These were tribal people
known for painting their faces blue and white,
with no known religion.
200 AD - the Romans established a large camp
named Battledykes, 3
miles north of Forfar, claimed to have held
around 50,000 men. This was a time the Romans
were trying to take control of Scotland from
410 - the Romans had withdrawn from
1058 - Malcolm III became King of Scotland
and called a parliament at Forfar Castle,
thought to be a wooden Castle situated on the
town's Castle Hill. King Malcolm is thought to
have made the town a Royal Burgh.
1170s - during the reign of William I,
Forfar Castle was rebuilt, probably of
1230 - as a result of fighting over the
Scottish throne, the infant daughter of
was put to death by having her head struck
against the column of the Market Cross in
Forfar. Meic Uilleim had been claiming his
family had a right to the Throne.
1300s - during the First War of Scottish
Independence, Forfar Castle was captured by the
English. Forces of Robert the Bruce regained
possession of the Castle, then had it
demolished so the English could not occupy it
1597 - the Great Scottish
Witch Hunts begin with around 400 women
accused over the following 120 years. It is
unknown how many were executed. Many were
accused by neighbour's they had fallen out
1600s - a number of women in the Forfar area
were burned as Witches.
1651 - troops of Oliver Cromwell destroyed
most of Forfar during the English Civil War.
That war had spread into Scotland as many Scots
supported the Royals.
1722 - the last woman to be executed legally
for being a Witch was Janet Horne from Dornoch
in the far northeast of Scotland.
1700s late - Forfar grew around the textile
industry with factories and housing built for
the workers. Many of the companies merged with
larger companies in Dundee.
Some of the earliest linen was woven in
cottages around Forfar for the companies.
1800 - bottling of spring water began in
Forfar with Strathmore Spring Water becoming
one of the top names in Spring Water.
1800s - a large Class I Pictish stone, with
a rare carving of a flower, named the Dunnichen
Stone, was found by a farmer ploughing a field
by Forfar. This stone is now in the Meffan
1871 - Forfar Golf Club was
1885 - Forfar Athletic
Football Club was founded.
1898 - the Meffan Museum was built for the
daughter of the Provost Meffan.
1900s - Jute factories became the main
employers in Forfar.
1920s - the Jute factories began closing due
to low cost production in India.
1980s - woven and non-woven polypropylene
industrial textile products and plastic food
packaging become the main products being
manufactured in Forfar.
Today - much of the economy of Forfar is
connected to agriculture and food