Brechin, a Scottish borough, in the county of Forfarshire, is situated on the south Esk. It is an old town and has a cathedral, which now serves as the parish church, dating from the 12th century. Near the cathedral is a round tower, similar to those so common in Ireland and to the one at Abernethy, the only other example in Scotland. Brechin castle is the seat of Lord Dalhousie and stands a little to the south of the town. There are linen and paper manufactures, distilling, and brewing. Dr. Guthrie, the celebrated preacher, was a native of Brechin.