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Dundee sits on the north side of the Firth of Tay, eighteen miles east of Perth, a former royal burgh, it grew into a major port and commercial and industrial centre, and became known for the three is: jute, jam and journalism, only the last of which is still a major employer. In the 18th century the linen industry developed rapidly, specialising in coarse linen and sailcloth. From the 1830s jute was imported from India and after 1850 became a major industry. Cox’s Stack by James Maclaren (1865), in the western suburb of Lochee, is the finest factory chimney ever built in Scotland, a relic of the Camperdown Works, once the largest jute factory in the world.

Shipbuilding was also important, and Captain Scott’s polar
research ship Discovery, which was built here, is now back in the city at the old ferry terminal, with the Discovery Point Visitor Centre. Docked a short distance away is the Unicorn, a Royal Navy frigate built in 1824.

The town was a major centre of the whaling industry, the oil being used in the ‘batching’ (softening) of jute to prepare for spinning, but the trade failed to survive the
transition to factory ships and catchers in the 20th century. Keillers of Dundee pioneered the manufacture of marmalade here, but during the 19th century moved the bulk of their operations to London, keeping only a nominal capacity to make marmalade and jam in Dundee.

D.C. Thomson continues to be a major producer of newspapers and popular magazines, including the Sunday Post and the long-lasting comics, the Beano and the
Dandy. Its headquarters is a magnificent Edwardian building by Niven Ft Wigglesworth, with sculpture by Albert Hodge. Much of the town centre was replanned by William Burn in 1824 and again in the 1870s by William Mackison, inspired by Baron Haussmann’s work in Paris. St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral by Sir George Gilbert Scott (1853-5), with its 210ft tall spire, is on the site where the castle once stood. The 15th century St Mary’s steeple is all that remains of a very large medieval burghal church.

Dundee was recovered from English control by Robert I in
1312. One of the 3 most important medieval royal burghs, it suffered a setback in the 1540s, when a major English garrison held Broughty Ferry Castle and raided Tayside. It took even longer to recover from the storming, massacre and sack of 1651 at the hands of the English General Monck. It was strongly Jacobite in the 1715 Rising, much less so in the 1745. The jute industry was low-wage and woman-dominated making Dundee a unique town with a poor female proletariat and high male unemployment. Restructuring after 1945 was necessarily traumatic, but new light industries and extensive slum clearance have dramatically improved it. Winston Churchill was
Liberal MP for Dundee from 1908-22.

The city has several museums and an art gallery, the
McManus Galleries, formerly the Albert Institute, a memorial to Prince Albert by Sir George Gilbert Scott (1865). The Mills Observatory on Balgay Hill is Britain’s only full-time public
observatory. The Dundee Rep Theatre, established in 1939, is home to Scotland’s only full-time theatre company, and now an excellent theatre by Nicoll Russell (1982); associated with it is the Scottish Dance Theatre. Dundee Contemporary Arts has galleries, cinemas and other cultural and educational provisions in
a large modern building by Richard Murphy in the Nethergate. The Verdant Works is a restored 19th-century jute works. At 571 ft the highest point in the city is Dundee Law, the remains of a volcanic plug and the site of an Ifon Age vitrified fort. At its top is the city’s war memorial with a beacon that is lit 4 times a year. Camperdown, now a well-equipped public park, was once the estate of the Earls of Camperdown. Admiral Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Camperdown, defeated the
Dutch fleet at the Battle of Camperdown off the Dutch coast on 11 October 1797. His son built the neo-Greek Camperdown House, designed by William Burn, in 1824-8; it is now used as a function venue, golf club and café. Other parks include the centrally situated Dudhope Park, the grounds of Dudhope Castle, and Sir Joseph Paxton’s Baxter Park (1863), to the east of the city. Claypotts Castle stands at the north eastern edge of Dundee.

Captain James Fairweather Whaler and Shipmaster: His Life and Career 1853-1933. Presents an account of the career and life of Captain James Fairweather (1853-1933). This work talks about his fifty-two years at sea in the Dundee Whaling Fieet, mercantile marine, war service, and in command of 'discovery' for the Shackleton Relief Expedition 1916. Captain James Fairweather Whaler and Shipmaster: His Life and Career 1853-1933.

St. Andrew's Parish Church, King Street, Dundee, Scotland. Trades' Kirk with interesting history, dating from 1774 with plans by James Craig, Edinburgh. Beautiful stained glass. Includes Glasite Kirk, 1777, now part of church hall complex. Handsome spire with set of fine musical bells. Next to Wellgate Shopping Centre.

All Souls Invergowrie Dundee Church, Main Street, Invergowrie Dundee, Scotland. Red sandstone church with 140 ft spire, designed by Hippolyte Blanc, 1890. High altar has beautiful Italian marble reredos and crucifix.

Dundee Parish Church St Mary’s, Nethergate, Dundee, Scotland. Founded 1190 by Earl of Huntingdon. Rebuilt 1844 by William Burn. Beautiful 19th & 20th century stained glass windows. 1914-18 war memorial. Impressive organ installed 1865. Reading desk with interesting history. Welcomers on duty. North of Discovery Point and
Railway Station.

St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 1 High Street, Dundee, Scotland. Castlehill, Designed by Gilbert Scott, the Cathedral stands on the site of Dundee's ancient Castle. Gothic in style, but Gothic with a difference. Tall, graceful columns give an impression of lightness and airiness. Welcomers on duty. East end of High Street at junction with Commercial Street. Walking distance from rail and bus stations.

St. Salvador's Church, Church Street, Dundee, Scotland.
Built in 1868 to a design by G. F. Bodley. Glorious painted interior. Carnegie Street end of Church Street, of Hilltown.

Stobswell Parish Church, Albert Street, Dundee, Scotland. On a prominent site, the 1876 buildings have undergone extensive refurbishment. Fine stained glass windows by William Wilson.

The Steeple Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Scotland. Entry through 15th century St Mary's Tower, a landmark and known as Old Steeple. Church building dates from 1788, Samuel Bell..

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