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A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Letham, a village of Forfarshire, mainly in Dunnichen but partly in Kirkden parish, on the rivulet Vinney, 6 miles ESE of Forfar and 1¾ mile S by W of Auldbar station. Founded about the beginning of this century by 'honest' George Dempster of Dunnichen, who dreamed of making it a city, it has never been much more than a small agricultural village. Its handlooms and spinning-mill belong to the past; but it has a post office under Forfar, a police station, gasworks, two public schools, a Free church, a Congregational church, and fairs on 26 May and 23 Nov. Pop. (1841) 745, (1861) 1231, (1871) 953, (1881) 885, of whom 19 were in Kirkden.—Ord. Sur., sh. 57, 1868.

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