Forfar, county town and royal and parliamentary borough of the Montrose group, Forfarshire, in the Vale of Strathmore, at the east end of a small loch. David I., in the 12th century, made it a royal borough, and the market day was formerly Sunday. The site of the old castle is now occupied by a market cross. Among the chief buildings are a courthouse, townhall, a public hall, county buildings, and several schools, and an infirmary. The principal trade is the manufacture of linen, and there are several factories and bleachworks. Brewing and tanning also are carried on. In 1307 Bruce slaughtered an English garrison here.