Brechin Town House Museum

Brechin Town House Museum

Brechin Town House Museum is located within the old municipal building, constructed around 1789-90, in the centre of Brechin.

The museum contains local history exhibitions, works by local artist David Waterson and a model of Brechin as it was in the 1820s. It gives visitors the chance to explore the history of the town and its people, with a rich collection of objects, photographs, archival material and ephemera.

Displays focus on Brechin's ancient beginnings as an ecclesiastical city of great note. Dioramas include a cleric in the Cathedral scriptorium and the cattle rustler John Gall, in the Black Hole of Brechin.

Ink drawing by David Watterson
Ink Drawing by David Waterson

David Waterson

David Waterson - artist, painter, etcher and mezzotint engraver - was born in Brechin in 1870. He studied at the Edinburgh School of Art and was elected ARE in 1901 and RE in 1910. Much of his work reveals Waterson as a man of extraordinary talent, deserving a wider recognition. Waterson was made a burgess of the city of Brechin in 1932. In April 1954, he was given the freedom of the city.

The website of the David Waterson Trust is a source of information on the artist and is a comprehensive online resource of his works.

A list of the David Waterson artworks held in the Angus Council collection (PDF 100KB)Opens in a new window is available.

The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum offer local people the opportunity of volunteering to help the museum in various ways: research, oral history, helping in the museum and fundraising.

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