In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Gowanbank like this:
Gowanbank, a village in St Vigeans parish, Forfarshire, 3½ miles NW of Arbroath, under which it has a post office.
Gowanbank would seem to be almost the same settlement as Colliston, and the location shown on the OS New Popular sheet for Gowanbank is used here for Colliston. However, Groome has Gownbank as being half a mile closer to Arbroath than Colliston, and we take our location for Gowanbank from the modern 1:25,000 map which shows both names.
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 Gowanbank 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 Gowanbank and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gowanbank in Angus | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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