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Carnoustie, Forfarshire

Historical Description

CARNOUSTIE, a village, and for a time a quoad sacra parish, in the parish of BARRY, county of FORFAR, 2 miles (E.) from Kirktown of Barry; containing 1268 inhabitants. This place is on the eastern coast, about three miles north of Buddon Ness at the mouth of the river Tay. For some years past it has been resorted to for bathing, and its smooth, sloping, sandy beach renders it peculiarly adapted to the purpose; the number of visiters has latterly increased, owing to the facility afforded by the Dundee and Arbroath railway, which passes through. The village itself formed the parish, and the inhabitants, both male and female, are for the most part employed in hand-loom weaving in their own dwellings; their manufacture is principally brown and white linen, for the markets of Dundee and Arbroath. Carnoustie has lately been made a post-town. It contains places of worship for members of the Free Church, the United Presbyterian Synod, and the Synod of United Original Seceders. There are, a subscription school, with a dwelling-house for the teacher attached; a school in connexion with the Free Church; a Free Church library, and a savings' bank. In the immediate vicinity of Carnoustie, a name signifying "the cairn of heroes", are vestiges of a camp, and several tumuli, where it is said the remains were deposited of the Danes who fell under their leader Camus, when vanquished by the Scottish army commanded by Malcolm II.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis