Alexander Hutchison

The electrifying air in Perth Circuit Court crackled with anticipation as Alexander Hutchison stood in the dock, the accused murderer of his wife, Christina. It was a high-stakes trial that gripped the entire city. The first witness, their neighbour James McKenzie, took the stand, revealing a chilling tale. He recounted how his young sons hadRead more ⟶

What’s it like to come on a tour?

Exploring Dundee’s Dark History: An Unforgettable Tour Experience Join us on a journey through the hidden corners of Dundee, where history comes alive, and the darker side of the city’s past is unveiled. Our tours offer an experience that will captivate your imagination and leave you wanting more. Here’s what you can expect when youRead more ⟶

Our Dundee Summer Walking Tours

Are you ready to explore the darker side of Dundee’s history while strolling through the vibrant streets of the West End? Join us for an unforgettable journey as we delve into the intriguing stories and hidden secrets of this captivating city. Our Dundee Summer Walking Tours offer a storytelling experience, showcasing the darker aspects ofRead more ⟶

David Urquhart

The Spring Circuit Court of Dundee commenced on the 19th of April 1883, amid great anticipation and ceremony, with Lord Mure presiding. Among the cases presented, none were more distressing than that of David Urquhart. He stood accused of a heinous crime – the murder of his illegitimate daughter, Elizabeth Meffan, aged approximately two yearsRead more ⟶

Summer holiday with Dad

Under the scorching sun of a sweltering Saturday in July 1889, David Anderson, a 74-year-old retired weaver, found himself amidst the throngs of passengers cramming into the train departing from Perth to Broughty Ferry. Every July, during Perth’s midsummer break, those fortunate enough would flee the town in pursuit of a summer getaway. The allureRead more ⟶

The Murder of Margaret Cairns

The murder of Margaret Cairns is a story we told on our Halloween Takeover of Verdant Works, back in 2016. This tragedy happened in Playfair’s Entry, an old street off Hawkhill in the west end of Dundee which is long gone. It seemed everyone had a different version of events, and in the end, thereRead more ⟶

Man scalded to death

This awful incident took place on Walton Street, at the Larchfield Jute Works, the building is now demolished and has been replaced with new housing. Dundee Courier, Monday 18th May 1896 SHOCKING AFFAIR IN DUNDEE. man scalded to death. MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. Yesterday morning a shocking discovery was made at Walton Street Jute Works. Dundee (MessrsRead more ⟶

The Murder of Mary Conn – Pt 2

This is the continuation of the Murder Trial of John Jenkins for the murder of Mary Conn in West Port, in Dundee’s West End. Read the first part here. Dundee Courier, Friday 13th January 1893 MURDER TRIAL IN DUNDEE. THE WEST PORT TRAGEDY. TWELVE YEARS’ PENAL SERVITUDE. The trial of John Jenkins, labourer, on aRead more ⟶

The Murder of Mary Conn – Pt 1

These extracts from the Dundee Courier tell the tale of a horrid murder in West Port, in Dundee’s West End, in 1892. Dundee Courier, Monday 14th November 1892 HORRIBLE MURDER IN DUNDEE. A WOMAN KILLED. HER ASSAILANT IN CUSTODY. SCENE OF THE ATROCITY. INTERVIEWS WITH NEIGHBOURS. PRISONER’S ANTECEDENTS. For a considerable time, Dundee has beenRead more ⟶