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Arbroath Connections - James Chalmers

James Chalmers - Inventor. Born 1782 in Arbroath, Chalmers was employed as a weaver until 1809 when he moved to Dundee to become a newspaper publisher.


In 1834 he began working on the first adhesive postage stamp and by 1839 had submitted the idea to Parliament which when accepted made Rowland Hill's Penny Post service a practical proposition.


The inscription on Chalmers Gravestone reads -
"Originator of the adhesive postage stamp, which saved the penny postage scheme of 1840 from collapse"


Arbroathhas connections tomanypeople and events around the world - some obvious, and some perhaps not so. Take a look at our list and see if you find any surprises! Discuss the Arbroath Connections on the forum here!
Andy Stewart MBE

Andy Stewart MBE - Famous Scottish Entertainer.
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Arbroath Football Club

Arbroath Football Club have the distinction of...
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David Dunbar Buick


David Dunbar Buick was best known for founding the Buick Motor Company.

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Ewan Stewart

Ewan Stewart - Best known for his role in the film Titanic portraying 1st Officer William Murdoch...
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George Best

To celebrate their centenary year, the Arbroath Vic`ssecured George Best to play for them in a match against Arbroath F.C. The match was held at Gayfield Park on Sunday 8th August 1982.
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Harry Lauder


Harry Lauder - Singer and music hall entertainer.

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James Chalmers

James Chalmers - Inventor. Born 1872 in Arbroath
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JK Rowling


JK Rowling - So, JK and Arbroath? Read on....

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Judy Garland


Great Grandaughter of an Arbroathian

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Stone of Destiny


The Stone of Destiny or the Stone of Scone as it is sometimes known, found it way to Arbroath...

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The Declaration of Arbroath


The Declaration of Arbroath

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Thomas Moonlight

Thomas Moonlight (November 10, 1833 February 7, 1899) was a United States politician and General.
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