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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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An Introduction to Georgian Dundee

An Introduction to Georgian Dundee

Chapter (p.132) 6 An Introduction to Georgian Dundee

Bob Harris

Charles McKean

Christopher A. Whatley

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores changing character of Dundee in the Georgian period from three main angles: the development of the local economy; its social structure; and the changing physical development and appearance of the town. Georgian Dundee was fairly unexceptional in terms of population growth, civic improvement, industrial change, and social habits. Yet it remained exceptional both in the continuing importance of its port and maritime quarter, and in the failure of its city fathers to construct a ‘new town’ like its peers. Dundee had early begun urban improvement and its urban ambition was symbolised by the appointment of Samuel Bell as burgh architect in the 1770s. Bell's designs were copied as far away as Banff and Irvine, and he was responsible for embellishing the ancient market place with classical civic buildings.

Keywords:   Dundee, Scotland, local economy, social structure, urban development, urban improvement, Samuel Bell, Georgian period

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