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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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Urban Order in Georgian Dundee c. 1770–1820

Urban Order in Georgian Dundee c. 1770–1820

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(p.216) Chapter 9 Urban Order in Georgian Dundee c. 1770–1820
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Dundee
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David G. Barrie

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860165.003.0009

This chapter examines the level of crime and lawlessness in Georgian Dundee over the pre-war era, 1770–1792; during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793–1815; and during the post-Napoleonic period, 1816–1820. Before 1793, Dundee's crime rate was 30 per cent below the regional average, and this figure was reduced even further once the young men went off to war. Dundee was the only major burgh in Scotland not to institute a salaried watch between 1800 and 1815, and there was a distinct reluctance by the authorities to prosecute. Once the war ended, however, with soldiers and sailors returning, and the town speedily expanding with steam-powered textile mills, robberies increased, and people began to feel much more alarmed than they used to be at traditional expressions of displeasure such as food riots. A watching scheme was finally introduced in 1816.

Keywords:   Dundee, Scotland, burgh, crime rates, lawlessness, watching scheme, Georgian period

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