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DundeeRenaissance to Enlightenment$
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Charles McKean, Bob Harris, and Christopher A. Whatley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860165

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860165.001.0001

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Battered but Unbowed – Dundee during the Seventeenth Century

Battered but Unbowed – Dundee during the Seventeenth Century

Chapter (p.57) 3 Battered but Unbowed – Dundee during the Seventeenth Century

Karen J. Cullen

Christopher A. Whatley

Mary Young

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on Dundee in the seventeenth century, which was beset by a string of disasters. The plagues of 1605–07 and 1645–46 may have been shared by other towns in Scotland, but Dundee was particularly badly hit by military attacks during the civil wars: first in 1645 by the Marquis of Montrose, and then in 1651 by General Monk. For all the subsequent myth that Monk's sack in 1651 was the most damaging and brutal, Montrose's earlier 1645 attack had been worse; and just when the burgh had picked itself up again, harbour and shore were devastated by a storm in 1668; and then the town lost perhaps 20 per cent of its population during the great famine of 1696–99. Moreover, as Scotland's overseas trade shifted to the west, to the Americas and the empire, Dundee's rank, as measured by wealth, slipped to third after Glasgow and periodically to fourth place after Aberdeen.

Keywords:   Dundee, Scotland, plague, civil war, Marquis of Montrose, General Monk, burgh, famine

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