800s - a religious order known as the
Culdees had built a church in Brechin.
972 - King Kenneth II gifted lands and
property to the religious community in
1100s? - the Round Tower was built by the
1200s - the earliest parts of Brechin
Cathedral are built next to the Round
1200s - the earliest parts of Brechin Castle
were built a short distance south of the
1303 - Brechin Castle was attacked by forces
of Edward I of England during the Scottish Wars of
Independence. Large stone balls hurled at
the Castle can be viewed in Brechin Town House
1400s - Brechin was hit by the Black Death
1480 - there was a Tolbooth in the centre of
Brechin on the High Street that served as a
Jail and Courtroom.
1648 - the town was again hit by the Black
Death, killing about two thirds of the
1690s - the Earls of Dalhousie converted
Brechin Castle into a Mansion.
1790 - the Tolbooth was replaced by the Town
House that served as a courtroom and debtors
1825 - the Glencadam Whisky Distillery
opened in Brechin. Brewing ale was also a part
of the towns economy at that time.
1840s - the Caledonian Railway reached
Brechin, connecting the town to major cities
throughout the UK.
1853 - a late Bronze Age
Hoard with four swords, a spearhead, and a
chape were found on the lands of Cauldhame by
1870s - Brechin had a paper mill, two flax
mills, and five linen factories.
1892 - Sir Robert
Watson-Watt was born in Brechin, a pioneer
of Radar that was used during World War
1893 - Brechin Golf Club was founded.
1906 - Brechin Football Club was
1981 - the railway to Brechin was
1993 - a four mile long section of the
Railway from Brechin was re-opened for Steam
Trains to run on at weekends in summer for
2003 - the Town House was converted to serve
as the Brechin Town House Museum.