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FORFAR [town] Forfar New Stat: [Statistical] Account
Old Stat: [Statistical] Account
Fullarton's Gazateer
County Map
038 "The town of Forfar has been from time immemorial the head burgh of the County, & it was also the sole seat of the Sheriff Court until within the last few years, when a sheriff substitute was appointed for Dundee & its immediate neighborhood.
In the earliest notices that exist relative to Forfar, its Castle is described as a royal residence; and in the accounts of the Chamberlain of the Royal Household in the reign of Alexander III, & of some preceding monarchs, a charge is entered for the King's gardeners at Forfar. It is probable that the castle, the occasional residence of the monarch, & the residence of the sheriff of the county, gave rise to the fame of Forfar, & undoubtedly these circumstances secured to it its privileges as a Royal burgh. Nothing is known of the date of its original charter, but it was a burgh before the reign of Robert Bruce, as the authorities of Forfar gave evidence During his reign that Dundee was a Royal burgh."
New: Stat: [Statistical] Account.

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