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Papers relating to James Thomson, City Engineer, City Architect and Housing Director, Dundee

  • MS 112
  • Collection
  • 1905-1960s
Printed reports, illustrations and other documents on improvements in Dundee, including those proposed by Thomson, and those actually accomplished 1905-1923; material collected and duplicated for exhibition on life and work of Thomson; material prepared and mounted for exhibition on life and work of Thomson; medal presented by the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers

Chapter 3: My boyhood in Dundee. [pp.76-128]

Dundee in 1816 - Distress at the time - The Meal Mob - Spinning by machinery in Dundee - Steam engines in use - First mills - The original Dens mill - My father's methods of spinning - First carding engines - Mills going in 1818 - Mills in 1822 - Quantity spun - Quality of yarn - Russell Mill yarns - Handloom weaving - Household weavers - Habits of spinners and manufacturers - Prosperity of trade in 1824 - Fall offices in 1825 - Failures in Dundee. Personal recollections - The Dens House - The Burn - Town's Officers - Boyish pranks - The King of Leather Castle - "Traps" - Panning a dog - Hamilton's library - St Roque's Lane - Grizzel Jaffray's grave - The Antiquary's house - The harbour - The ferry - First twin steam-boats -Passage in them - Visit to Balgonie - Narrow escape from drowning - Open spaces in Dundee - The lamp lighters - Water supply - Letter delivery - St Andrews Church - Rev G. Parker - Schools and schoolmasters - John Gilbert's school - The Grammar School - The Academy - Dancing master - Old Mary the nurse.

Dundee Town Council Report

Duplicate interim report of Dundee Town Council considering some property aspects of the scheme to build a bridge over the Tay.

Michael Shafe

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