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Arbroath - Forfar Canal project

Description: A proposal for a canal link from Arbroth to Forfar.

History: In 1788 Robert Whitworth was asked to make a plan and estimate for a canal from Arbroth to within 2 miles of Forfar. In 1817 Robert Stevenson was asked to resurvey a route between the two towns. In 1818 Rennie expressed doubts about the scheme and in 1825 it was rejected in favour of a railway.

January 1788

Robert Whitworth

He was employed by George Dempster of Dunnichen to survey a line for a canal from Arbroath to within 2 miles of Forfar that he estimated would cost 17,788.

January 1818

John Rennie

He was asked to review the proposals made by Robert Whiworth and Robert Stevenson and expressed doubts about the financial benefits of any canal to Forfar. He suggested the line might be extended west along the valley.

 

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