The History of Dundee - the 1874 Edition of James Thomson's 1847 Work

This work has been transcribed - verbatim - from the 1874 edition. Much about the history of Dundee has been changed, revised and updated by Historians over the years - So please refer to those new histories of Dundee for a more modern understanding of the History of Dundee.

This exercise is to just to make available the original source material from the 1875 Book.

Iain D. McIntosh, Friends of Dundee City Archives

 

Opening Pages.

PREFACE

in justification of a new book, and more especially one of historical character, two things may fairly be required,—that the subject should possess some interest in itself, and that it should be presented with some degree of skill and completeness.

1874 FlyleafThat the first of these conditions will be apparent in this case the author is well assured, however diffident he may feel as to the merits of his performance. That was undertaken more from regard to the necessity of meeting a want long felt to exist than from any sense of special fitness for the task. Until the appearance of thomson's work in 1847, no proper History of the town existed. Dr small's contri­bution to the Statistical Account of Scotland, published toward the end of last century, although valuable in its way, did not profess to cover the ground required in an exhaustive history of the town. Since 1847, the researches of a host of able writers have thrown much light on local as well as national history, and made the incompleteness of the original edition, in many respects, more obvious; besides which it has long been out of print. In proceeding to supply the want referred to, the intention at first was to reproduce the. original work so far as it went, with such corrections as might be derived from later authorities, and accordingly the earlier sheets were revised, with the emendations indicated in the text, or put in the form of notes. Before proceeding very far, however, it became apparent, from the necessity of large excisions and additions, that this course was unsatisfactory, and the greater part of the work has therefore been re-written. The desire to give adequate prominence to the later development of the town, its industries, and institutions, having enlarged the scope of the work, has considerably increased its compass. To this cause, and the inability of the author to devote more than the scanty leisure permitted by professional duties, the delay in its publication is attributable, for which it is hoped the greater comprehensiveness of the book may be regarded as compensating.

Book CoverIn addition to the acknowledgments made throughout the work to explorers in the same field of whose labours I have availed myself, I must express my obligations to many townsmen who have kindly afforded me the use of materials in their possession, or communicated information tending to make the work more accurate and complete. I must specially mention the valuable assistance rendered by Mr james duff, now the oldest representative of the typographic art in Dundee, in the supervision of the work while passing through the press. To all who have encouraged and aided in the work, as to myself, it will be the best reward if the book now submitted to the indulgent consideration of the public should promote in some degree an intelligent interest in the annals of Dundee, and serve to mark the important part which it has played in the past history, and now occupies in the commercial enterprise of Scotland.

 

J. M. Dundee,

February, 1874.

Contents

 

Part First

GENERAL HISTORY OF THE TOWN.

 
Page
1—4
SECTION I.
5—13
SECTION II.
14—20
SECTION III.
21—30
SECTION IV.
31—43
SECTION V.
44—56
SECTION VI.
57—67
SECTION VII.
68—87
SECTION VIII.
88—99
SECTION IX.
100—120
SECTION X.
121—136
SECTION XI.
137—156
SECTION XII.
157—166

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE TOWN; ITS PUBLIC WORKS, BUILDINGS, AND INSTITUTIONS.

 
Page
SECTION I.
Situation, Topography, and Disposition of Streets,
169—187
SECTION II.
The Ancient Church and Tower of St Mary,
188—224
SECTION III.
The Ancient Religious Houses,
225—243
SECTION IV.
Municipal Constitution, Guildry, and Trades,
244—272
SECTION V.
Description of the Port and Shipping of Dundee,
273—280
SECTION VI.
Charitable and Educational Institutions and Endowments,
201—324
SECTION VII.
The Staple Trade and Principal Manufacturing Works,
321—340
SECTION VIII.
Minor Industries—the Press, Banks, &c., .
341—356
Biographical Sketches of Eminent Natives, Selection from
357—392
Inscriptions of Houff Monuments,
393—419

 

Appendix

Note A Charter of Sir William Wallace.
i
Note B Declaration in favour of King Robert I.,
i - ii
Note C Charter of King Robert I.   
iii - iv
Note D Extracts from the Lord Treasurer's Accounts.
v
Note E Extent Rolls,
vi
Note F Ancient Rent Roll, 
vii - xxx
Note G Charter by James V., including " Merchaudis Letter,
xxxi - xxxiii

 

INTRODUCTION