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For other places with the same name, see Douglastown (disambiguation).
Douglastown is located in Angus
 Douglastown shown within Angus
OS grid reference NO417473
Council area Angus
Lieutenancy area Angus
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FORFAR
Postcode district DD8
Dialling code 01307
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Angus
Scottish Parliament North Tayside
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Coordinates: 56°36′50″N 2°57′05″W / 56.613928°N 2.951488°W / 56.613928; -2.951488

Douglastown is a hamlet in Kinnettles in Angus, Scotland, three miles south-west of Forfar.[1] It takes its name from the landowner who in about 1789 provided land for James Ivory & Co. (in which Mr Douglas was a partner) to build a flax mill to spin yarn for heavy linen cloth called osnabruks (named from the German town of Osnabruk, where it was originally made. The hamlet of Douglastown was built to house the workers. The mill closed in 1834. It used flax-spinning technology invented by John Kendrew and Thomas Porthouse of Darlington, patented in 1787.



  1. ^ "Dundee and Montrose, Forfar and Arbroath", Ordnance Survey Landranger Map (B2 ed.), 2007, ISBN 0-319-22980-7 

Further reading[edit]

A. J. Wardey, The linen trade: ancient and modern (1864; repr. 1967), 458 511 689-91.