Town Seal of the Burgh of Inverbervie
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Town Seal of the Burgh of Inverbervie

A royal burgh in the S Aberdeenshire parish of Bervie, situated at the mouth of the Bervie Water on the A92 road, 12 miles (19 km) north of Montrose. Also known locally as Bervie, the town received its first royal charter in 1362 from David II over 20 years after he landed here on returning from exile in France. The king is said to have been shipwrecked at the base of Bervie Brow, a headland flanking the northern shore of Bervie Bay with place-names that include King's Step, Kinghornie Farm and Craig David.

A Carmelite friary once stood at Friar's Dubh near Bervie Bridge and on the shore of Bervie Bay stands Hallgreen Castle, a 14th Century stronghold of the Dunnets that passed to the Rait family in the 15th century. Inverbervie developed from a market town to an industrial centre following the establishment of Scotland's first flax mill here in 1788 and today has textile and food processing industries. In 1969 Sir Francis Chichester unveiled a memorial to Inverbervie's most famous son, Hercules Linton (b.1831), builder of the Cutty Sark tea clipper.

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