"Home to a number of my old friends"
Montrose has a very old history.Early place names suggest a Norse settlement in the present harbour area. The charter for the town was granted by King David I. A mediaeval church, on the site of the present Old Church, together with a hospital date from the 13th century. In 1329 King Robert the Bruce donated money for what was to become Montrose Academy.
Montrose had a prominent role at the Reformation.
James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose, signed the National Covenant, but switched to the King's side only to be captured and executed in Edinburgh. The 1715 Jacobite rebellion ended when King James escaped back to France from Montrose. A Jacobite army moved through the town in 1745 and the following February the largest naval battle of the war was fought in Montrose Harbour.
Montrose has been been involved with trade with the Baltic, whaling, flax spinning and more recently oil and pharmaceuticals.