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Kirriemuir crestThe Kirriemuir Observer of Friday 3rd April 1931 tells of “Residenter’s gift to the Town Council of Kirriemuir”

"When the Burgh Arms of Kirriemuir was registered last November it was necessary, in order that a distinctive grant of Arms to the burgh might be made, to effect some slight alteration on the Arms of Douglas previously in use in the Burgh. This was carried out by altering the colour of the “chief” or bar across the top of the shield from blue to green.

After this change had been adopted, Mr J. Alexander, Burnbank, wrote the Town Clerk offering to present an enlarged copy of the Burgh Arms, to be hung in the Burgh Court Room.

This copy, which has now been handsomely framed in oak, and presented by Mr. Alexander, is a duplicate of the original in the possession of the Town Clerk. Painted on vellum, as issued from the Court of the Lord Lyon it is of documentary interest, and in order that the public generally may have an opportunity of seeing it arrangements have been made to show it in the shop window of Mr. W. B. Mills, 22 High Street for one week".




The Earl of Angus had such a close relationship with Kirriemuir in 1201 suggesting that he was the patron of the church at Kirriemuir, and that this connection probably extended back into Pictish times when the equivalent of an Earl was a ‘Mormaer’.

The town of Kirriemuir grew up around the church, and the area known as the Roods was probably the first part of the town where conscious town planning occurred in the 12th or 13th centuries.

In 1459 the town was made a Burgh of Barony. This development was associated with the growing power of the House of Douglas who was the Earls of Angus and controlled the barony of Kirriemuir at that time. The rights and privileges of a burgh of barony varied and were different to those of a burgh town. Kirriemuir had no right of foreign trade, but was allowed weekly markets, resident craftsmen, the power to buy and sell, and a market cross. Kirriemuir is the only Burgh of Barony in Angus.




In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Kirriemuir like this:

Kirriemuir, market town and par. with ry. sta., Forfarshire--par., 35,600 ac., pop. 6616; town, on Gairie Burn, 5 miles by road and 8½ by rail NW. of Forfar, pop. (including Southmuir), 4390; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Friday. The par. consists of 2 detached sections. The town is a burgh of barony under the Earl of Home; in 1875 it became a burgh under the Police Act. The leading industry is the weaving of brown linen.





Kirriemuir sealThe Common Seal of the Burgh of Kirriemuir






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