fountain in memory of Fox Maule Ramsay was moved to St Ninians
Square from its original position in front of the Mechanics
Institute. More to follow.
Public Library was built in 1891 - 1893 and houses a museum
depicting various aspects of the history of the Burgh. More
sculptor and mason James Tosh constructed this unusual sundial.
It gives 25 different time readings representing the time
in 25 different countries. More to follow.
NINIAN and Angus
Dedication of Churches,Wells, Street Names and Caves in the
name of St Ninian do not prove that he was personally there,but
they show that his followers or "disciples" had brought Christianity
to this part of Scotland.Indeed Christian beliefs existed
in Scotland before the Roman legions left.
was himself the son of a British mother and father.His father
was a chief or rex of a Cumbrian family,and a Roman Citizen.Hadrian's
wall was still intact and Roman fortified camps existed in
South Scotland and Northern England.
the time of Ninian's birth,around 360 AD attack came from
the Angles from the East,the Picts from the North,and Scots
from Ireland,and Hadrian's wall was over-run.York was the
centre of a bishopric whose influence reached north into the
Borders and Galloway.Ninian's parents were Christians.
reached manhood he was sent to Rome,where he was received
by Pope Damasus 1,studied under St Jerome and was sent as
a missionary to his own Cumbrian people.His travels brought
him to Tours,where St Martin had established an early form
of monastic community.Ninian introduced this movement when
he settled in the Isle of Whithorn around 397AD,and set up
a "monastery"with individual cells or huts near a stone built
Church,(an innovation in Scotland), plastered in white,hence
the name Candida Casa (White Shelter or Church) From there
he and his missionary monks set out along the line of Roman
Occupation from Galloway,through Central Scotland,Stirling
and Angus,and possibly to Cromarty and Easter Ross.
he established a monastic settlement at Arbirlot near Arbroath,where
you can see, in the present Manse Garden,a stone known as
St Ninian's stone With plain cross marks and an open book(Bible),while
in Arbroath there is a well out the cliffs called St Ninian's
Well. Associations with St Ninian gave rise in much later
times to dedication of Churches in Brechin Arbroath,Kirriemuir
and street names(St Ninian's Square,Brechin) Whether he was
here or not his influence reached the Britons, Southern and
Northern Picts a good while before St Columba arrived in Iona
from Ireland in 563.
Dr Douglas Simpson The Celtic Church in Scotland St Ninian
Edited by Ian MacDonald (Floris Books) Hay's History of Arbroath
Public Library I.M April 2000.