Famous People from Angus

Angus is home to many famous inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and writers, each leaving their mark on the history and culture of this county. Angus has many famous sons and daughters who have shaped the lives of people throughout the world. Find out more about these famous people below.


James Chalmers

James Chalmers

Chalmers was a weaver, bookseller and publisher who first suggested the adhesive postage stamp in 1834.

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Alexander Shanks

Alexander Shanks workshop

Alexander Shanks, from Arbroath, was the inventor of the modern lawnmower which rolled the grass as well as mowing it.

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Forfar Witches

Forfar Witches

Forfar was the only Angus Burgh to execute witches. Final execution was in 1642 when Helen Guthrie was found guilty.

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Bon Scott

Bon Scott, lead singer of ACDC

Bon Scott, raised in Kirriemuir, is widely acknowledged as one of the wild men of rock music and lead singer of ACDC.

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Patrick Allan-Fraser

Patrick Alan Fraser - Hospitalfield House

An enthusiast for the arts, he remodelled Hospitalfield into one of the finest 19th century country houses in Scotland.

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Queen Mother

Queen Mother

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was the ninth child of Lord and Lady Glamis. She spent her childhood at Glamis Castle.

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Harry Lauder

Harry Lauder

Lauder was knighted for his charity work and his fame grew until he truly was one of the world's first superstars.

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Sir Hugh Munro

Sir Hugh Munro

Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet are known as Munros - named in honour of Sir Hugh Munro who recorded all 283 summits.

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James Tytler

James Tytler - The Flying Scotsman

The first British person ever to successfully take to the skies in a hot air balloon was a son of the manse from the village of Fern.

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Sir JM Barrie

JM Barrie

Born in Kirriemuir, he was an author and playwright best known for writing the much loved Peter Pan.

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Sir Robert Watson Watt

Sir Robert Watson Watt

Inventor who made the ground breaking discoveries which led to the invention of the radar.

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Robert Stevenson

Robert Stevenson, erected the Bell Rock Lighthouse

The Bell Rock Lighthouse is worlds oldest surviving offshore lighthouse, erected by Robert Stevenson.

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