Person NameRoyal Burgh of Forfar; 1250-1975
ActivityForfar was created a royal burgh some time before the reign of Robert Bruce, though the date is unknown. The original charter was lost in 1657 when Cromwell’s army attacked both Dundee and Forfar, and King Charles II granted a charter of novodamus in 1665. It was governed by a provost and two bailies, with nineteen councilors. Forfar was created a police burgh under the General Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act 1862 (25 & 26 Vict., c. 101). Burgh administration was carried out by police commissioners who were responsible for the cleansing, lighting, policing and public health of the burgh. The main industry in the town was the linen trade, employing around 3,000 individuals in 1845. Under the Town Councils (Scotland) Act 1900 (63 & 64 Vict., c. 49) the police commissioners were replaced by Forfar Town Council in January 1901. By 1971 the population had risen to 14,224. Forfar Town Council was abolished in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65). Its powers were assumed by Tayside Regional Council and Angus District Council. These in turn were replaced by Angus Council in 1996 under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39).
Corporate NameRoyal Burgh of Forfar
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