If you’ve seen any really old maps of Dundee, you might notice that there’s no mention of the Overgate as we know it, or indeed, the Nethergate. Known back then as Argyllsgait (Argyllgait) and Flukergait respectively, it wasn’t until the latter part of the 1500’s that the new names came into play, not long afterRead more ⟶
At around 174m tall and incorrectly named by many as ‘The Law Hill’, the word ‘Law’ refers to the Anglo-Saxon ‘hlāw’, which means ‘mound’. Actually, it means ‘grave-mound’, so read into that what you will about what lies beneath the surface. Used as a settlement over 3500 years ago, the Law has stood guard overRead more ⟶
Piracy has been around almost as long as sailing itself. Our tale lands us near the end of the ‘Golden Age’ of piracy, with the rise and fall of a man from Dundee called William Kidd.
Before Castle Huntly became a prison, it had a history all of its own – and a couple of its own ghosts, to boot; the White Lady and that of a young boy.
Grissell Jaffray is famous in Dundee history for the crime of being a witch. She was choked and burned at the stake in a public execution and is the last person to have been burned in Dundee for the crime of witchcraft.
The Howff is an iconic landmark in Dundee’s city centre, a calm oasis and a peaceful resting spot to sit in the shade of the well kept trees and shrubs. But as well as housing the graves and crypts of Dundee’s great and the good, the land itself also has a dark history.
On the 1st of September 1651, General George Monck, Commander-in-chief to Oliver Cromwell, captured the town of Dundee. A bloody battle ensued, provoked by Cromwell’s outrage at the Royalist stance of it’s people.