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Origins of Forfar

Church in Forfar    

Evolution of Forfar                                                             

Local trade, crafts & business

Economic Development                                 

Local historical interest                                             


The limited objective of these historical notes is to provide background material for the Whyte family history.  For a broader history of Forfar see Alan Reid’s “The Royal Burgh of Forfar” published in 1902 and other histories by Bruce, Jervise, Groome, Warden and others listed in my sources..

              Map 1865 - ordinance survey


Forfar is situation on the east coast of Scotland in the Valley of Strathmore, 14 miles north of the city and port of Dundee, and mid-way between the ancient cities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen.  Located by Forfar Loch and surrounded by farming land it is in the center of the county of Angus (previously Forfarshire).  The rival towns of Kirriemuir and Brechin, and Glamis Castle are nearby. The lovely glens of Prosen, Isla and Clova lie to the north.


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