Brechin (Scottish Gaelic: Breichinn) is a former royal burgh in Angus, Scotland.
Traditionally Brechin is often described as a city because of its cathedral and its status as the seat of a pre-Reformation Roman Catholic diocese (which continues today as an episcopal seat of the Scottish Episcopal Church), but that status has not been officially recognized in the modern era. Nevertheless the designation is widely used, with examples being the City of Brechin and District Community Council, City of Brechin and Area Partnership, City of Brechin Civic Trust and Brechin City Football Club.
Brechin is represented within Angus Council by the Brechin & Edzell ward, from which three Councillors are elected. The members elected from this ward are, as of 2017; Kenny Braes (Scottish National Party), Bob Myles (Independent) and Gavin Nicol (Scottish Conservative & Unionist).
In Brechin there is a small museum in the former town house, and an Award Winning Tourist attraction: the Caledonian Railway (Brechin). Along with the Cathedral and round tower, and part of the chapel of Brechin’s Maison Dieu or hospital,survives from the Middle Ages (Historic Scotland).
Education in Brechin is managed by the Education Department of Angus Council. There is one secondary school in the area; Brechin High School and four feeder primary schools; Andover Primary school, Edzell Primary School, Maisondieu Primary School,and Stracathro Primary School.
Sports : Brechin City Football Club plays Scottish League football and is currently placed in the SPFL League Two. Its ground is called Glebe Park and is situated off Trinity Road. Brechin is also home to the junior football club Brechin Victoria F.C. who play at Victoria Park.
Notable People from Brechin :
Sir David de Brechin (d.1320), Lord of Brechin
Robert Watson-Watt, radar pioneer, born in Brechin
Joseph Fairweather Lamb, academic and former Chandos Chair of Physiology at the University of St Andrews
Dame Anne Begg, previously Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South.
Kirstene Hair previously Member of Parliament for Angus. (ex Head Girl of Brechin High School)
Brian Keany, artist