Life in Dundee after Culloden.

 

By late February 1746, after the Jacobites had left Dundee, and, as they retreated back up towards Inverness. The minute book of the council tells us of a Dundee administration getting back to normal. The Council on 1st March suspend the Town Jailor, James Gib, who, ‘had not behaved in this rebellion as he aught to have done’, possibly he had Jacobite sympathies, he is deprived of his office, his keys to the jail and the ‘profits and emoluments of his office’.


The council are also concerned regarding the number of ‘State’ prisoners that they are holding, and ‘there being no military’ in the town. The council agree ‘that there be a guard of the inhabitants kept in the town house every night and until they be relieved by the military’.
According to the lists drawn up after the uprising about 46 men where being held in the Dundee prison, mostly men from the Dundee area. Three, Charles Jackson & David Salter, maltmen and Alexander Kininmond, mason, present a petition to the council to be sett at liberty upon bail, these were refused.

The Dundee prison was contained within the new Town House. There was the thief’s hole in the cellars, a place horrible and small, where the most notorious criminals were put. Also the second story of the lofting area was divided into 6 vaulted rooms, four as prison cells for debtors etc, the fifth as the iron house where notorious offenders were put and the sixth room was used as a court to the rest. It was probably in these prison rooms that the Jacobite prisoners were kept.

Those held prisoner in Dundee

Surname First Name Occupation Home Town Notes
Birrell Thomas Merchant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Brown James Tailor Dundee Prisoner in Dundee
Brown John, jr Merchant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee
Carnegie James   Panbride Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Craw Andrew   Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746-1747
Crichton Alexander Workman Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746-1747
Crow Andrew Mason Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746-1747
Crow James Mason Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746-1747
Davidson William Silversmith Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Edward John   Glen Isla Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Ferguson Robert Threadmaker Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746-1747
Graham David Merchant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Grant William Weaver Aldbar Prisoner in Dundee & Canongate 1746
Guthrie Robert Merchant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee
Henderson Francis Merchant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee
Hood Charles Smith Craigie Prisoner in Dundee 1746-1747
Jackson Charles Maltman & Brewer Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Johnston George Factor to Lord Panmure Balfour, Angus Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Kinimond Alexander Mason Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Laird Andrew Merchant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Low William Chapman Brechin Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Marshall James Official to the Earl of Airlie Auchterhouse Official to the Earl of Airlie. Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Mitchell John Workman Dundee Prisoner in Dundee
Mitchell William Skipper Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Morgan David Servant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee
Ogilvy Henry Innkeeper Dundee Prisoner in Dundee
Ogilvy William Dyer Forfar Prisoner in Dundee, Carlisle & York 1746-1747
Paterson Alexander Servant Grange of Monifieth Servant to the Laird of Burnside in Grange of Monifieth. A Prisoner in Dundee
Paterson James Workman Dundee Prisoner in Dundee
Ramsay John Merchant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Rattray Charles   Glamis Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Ritchie Alexander Threadmaker Arbroath Prisoner in Arbroath, Dundee, Canongate & Carlisle 1746-1747, transported 1747
Russell John Sail-weaver Barry Prisoner at Culloden, Arbroath, Dundee, Canongate & Carlisle. Transported from Liverpool to Virginia on the 'Gildart' 24th Feb 1747, landed at Port North Potomac, Maryland, 5th Aug 1747
Salter William Vicualler & Maltman Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Samson Andrew   Glen Isla Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Simpson Andrew Sailor Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Simpson David Linen Weaver Aldbar Prisoner in Dundee, Canongate & Carlisle 1746. Transported 1747
Simpson James Shoemaker Arbroath Prisoner in Arbroath, Dundee, Canongate & Carlisle 1746. Transported from Liverpool to Virginia on the 'Johnson' 22nd April 1747, landed at Port Oxford, Maryland, 5th Aug 1747.
Soutar James Merchant Arbroath Prisoner in Arbroath, Dundee & Canongate 1746
Stiven John Wright Montrose Prisoner in Dundee, Montrose & Canongate 1746
Strachan John Cottar   Prisoner in Dundee 1747. [Killed at Culloden??]
Stuart Alexander Merchant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746
Webster George   Brechin Prisoner in Dundee, Montrose & Edinburgh 1746
Wemyss James Skipper Broughty Ferry Prisoner in Dundee & Edinburgh 1746
Williamson David Merchant Dundee Prisoner in Dundee 1746

 

The council treasurer reports that during the occupation he had to make payments of £194 14s 6d Scots to the rebels and he wants this to be taken into consideration in his accounts, and that he will not be held personally responsible for this money and there would be no prosecution against him as Treasurer.
Also in the accounts for 1746 there is mention of £207 18s being expended for repairing damage done by the rebels to the Town House.

What happened to Dundee men.

Seven men from the Town have been recorded as being transported after capture.

Name Occupation Ship Destination  
John Williamson, Cooper Veteran Leeward Islands Liberated – landed at Martinique
John Naismith, Woolweaver Johnson Virginia  
         
Peter Duncan, Workman Gildart Virginia  
John Gibson, Weaver Gildart Virginia  
         
Patrick Thomson, Shoemaker   Antigua  
David Crichton   Unknown Unknown  
John Small, A Boy Unknown Unknown  

 

Iain D. McIntosh