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