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County Town: Dundee
Population: 245,000
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Did you know that in order for a an Arbroath smokie to be so called it must be smoked within 5 miles of the town. An Arbroath smokie is a locally cured and smoked haddock
Did you know that the real name of Arbroath is in fact Aberbrothock
Did you know that the Bell Rock Lighthouse (19 miles from the arbroath shore) is the oldest surviving offshore Lighthouse in the world
Did you know that The City of Dundee is officially Britains smallest county (23 sq miles) - as a result of local government reorganization

Did you know that Dundee accounts for 10 per cent of Britain’s digital entertainment industry revenue? A Dundee company developed the Grand Theft Auto game. The city’s electronic roots go deeper than that – the first Sinclair ZX Spectrum machines were made there by Timex.
Did you know that Zora, on the outskirts of Forfar, is the only town or village in Scotland to begin with a Z
Did you know that David Niven claimed to have been born in Kirriemuir as he thought it sounded more romantic than London ? His spurious claim also extended to his date of birth, though unlike certain actresses he moved it earlier rather than later, to 1909 not as was correct 1910. His actual birthplace was Belgrave Mansions in Grosvenor Gardens, very up-market – one imagines the parties held there being rather different to the riotous ball celebrated as per the song in Kirriemuir.
Did you know that Montrose has the widest High Street in Scotland? Some of the fine buildings there bear witness to its position at one time as a Hanseatic Port of great significance.
Did you know that Montrose Air Station (now a Heritage Centre) was the first operational military airfield in Britain? The Royal Flying Corps set up the field in 1913 – though Leuchars which was used for ballooning before that can boast it is our oldest military aviation facility.
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Famous Angus and Dundee people

A S Neill | Alexander Gibb | Andrew Melville | Brian Cox | Bruce Millan | Charles Lyell | Danny Wallace | David Thomson | George Galloway | George MacKenzie | Ian McKenzie Smith | J M Barrie | James Haldane | James Mill | James Tytler | James Walker | John Gordon | John Ogilby | John Playfair | Joseph Hume | Lewis Spence | Liz McColgan | Lynda Myles | McIntosh Patrick | Peter Spence | Princess Margaret | Robert Brown | Will Fyffe | William Lorimer | William Turnbull |

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James VI of Scotland crowned James I of England. - 1603, Nelson Loses his Arm - 1797, Stephenson demonstrates 1st Steam Engine - 1814, 1st Scout Camp - 1907, Louis Bleriot flies the Channel - 1909, First Test Tube Baby Born - 1978
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