Dundee revisited

10th May 2012
For the second week of my break we went to Dundee. Mike was working, managing the technical aspects of the Local Election count, whilst I was exploring old haunts. Mike and I met at college here more years ago than I care to mention and I spent the week feeling really old as I repeated the refrain – “it didn’t look like this in my day”

Again, I took way too many shots while I was re-acquainting myself with the city of the 3 J’s – Jute, Jam & Journalism, as I explored old mills, parks and of course the Docks.

I also explored a few new areas, including the historic cemetery in the middle of the city, the Howff. This graveyard is unusual in that it was built on the grounds of an old monastery and was given to the town as a place of burial by Mary Queen of Scots in 1564. The area was used as a meeting place for the Incorporate Trades of Dundee until 1776 and the graves were primarily erected by these professionals. The gravestones and memorials often proudly incorporated the symbols and banners of the trades and I spent a few hours trying to spot the graves of the weavers, tailors, glove makers, shoemakers, bakers, butchers, hammermen, bonnet makers & sailers of days gone by. Perhaps the most famous grave is that of James Chalmers, who was the inventor of the adhesive postage stamp.

The Howff West gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Ure 1796 - Gardener . . . . . . . Andrew Thomson 1795 Shoemaker

Andrew Smith 1757 Hammerman. . . . . . William Anderson 1834 Brewer . . . . . . . William Clark 1797 Jailer

Thomas Muat 1799 Threadmaker. . . . .Archibald Sinclair 1812 Stonemason . . . James Chalmers 1853 Bookseller