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Dundee from the West

Dundee from the West

Artist: Orme, D.

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1803

Shelfmark: Vol. 49

Item number: 18.b

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Dundee, on the eastern Scottish coast. The city of Dundee lies on the north shore of the Firth of Tay where it forms a wide estuary. Records show that a settlement existed here in the 1st Century AD, which was probably a supply port. A harbour was built in Dundee in the 13th century and a town developed around it. During the Civil War Dundee suffered at the hands of Cromwell’s troops and much of the town was destroyed. The town was largely rebuilt and by the 1800s Dundee was known for its thriving textile industry. The large white building to the left of this print is Dudhope castle- originally built in the 14th century and rebuilt in 1580, it was the home of the Scrymageour family. In 1792 the castle was refurbished with the intention of housing a woollen mill here. However instead of becoming a mill, the castle was transformed into a large barracks capable of accommodating over 400 men. It remained a barracks until 1879. Two soldiers can be seen in the foreground of the print.

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