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.
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 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
Common Seal of the Burgh of Kirriemuir
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