In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Montrose like this:
Montrose, parl. and royal burgh, seaport, and par., NE. Forfarshire, at mouth of river South Esk, 10 miles E. of Brechin, 31 miles NE. of Dundee, 76 miles NE. of Edinburgh, and 492 miles N. of London by rail - par., 4134 ac., pop. 16,303; parl. burgh, pop. 14,973; royal burgh, pop. 14,177; town, pop. (including Rossie island) 14,994; P.O., T.O.; 8 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Friday. Montrose is a place of considerable antiquity; it was sacked by the Danes in 980, and was a principal town of Scotland in the middle of the 13th century. ...
The town is situated on a flat peninsula at the N. side of the mouth of the South Esk. To the W. of the town the river expands into a broad tidal lagoon known as the Montrose Basin, and is crossed by a suspension bridge and a railway viaduct. The harbour, comprising the reach of the river from the suspension bridge to the sea, is naturally deep and well sheltered, and the quays are well constructed and commodious. The trade with the Baltic and Canada is considerable. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The principal industries are flax-spinning, and the weaving of canvas, floorcloths, sailcloth, and other fabrics. Montrose is the headquarters of a fishery district extending from Broughty Ferry to Gourdon. The Montrose Burghs return 1 member to Parliament; they consist of Montrose, Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar, and Inverbervie.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Montrose has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Angus. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Montrose and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Montrose in Angus | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 06th December 2013
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