Collection MS 418 - Dennis Collins: the Tay Rail Bridge

New Tay Viaduct from south west Casting of brick arching at Wormit, Tay Viaduct New Tay viaduct, the gap Tay Rail Bridge under construction Pontoon for sinking cylinders New Tay Viaduct, pontoon for sinking cylinders Pontoon floating to pier 27 New Tay Viaduct, view north from pier 31 New Tay viaduct, brick shafts Erecting superstructure Erecting superstructures, pier 14 Piers on the curve Piers from south end Isometrical drawing of piers & span Pontoon for lifting girders Transferring span New Tay Viaduct, girders transferring span Drawing out girders in yard Taking out girders Placing new girders Girders on the jetty Men on span Girders floating out span Girders leaving the jetty Tay Bridge span No 18
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MS 418


Dennis Collins: the Tay Rail Bridge


  • 1880s (Creation)

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1 album; 1 folder

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Dennis Collins was born, and raised in Dundee. He started his career as a Solicitor in 1957 and also lectured part-time at the University of St Andrews and subsequently the University of Dundee from 1960 - 1979. Mr Collins was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Procurators and Solicitors in Dundee in 1987 and became an Honorary Sheriff in 1988. Amongst other titles he held, Mr Collins was also appointed the Honorary Consul for France in 1976, a position held for 20 years. He was also the Honorary Secretary for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children for 28 years. Mr Collins also held a number of posts relating to his hobbies which included stamp collecting, local history and gardening. Mr Collins died on 15th July 2017 aged 87 years.

Archival history

Mr Collins was a neighbour of Pamela Milne, Director of Human Resources at the University of Dundee. Following his death, his wife, Elspeth Collins, passed the two photograph albums to Pamela Milne to bring to the University as it was Mr Collin's wish that these items be bequeathed to the University Archives.

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A photograph album containing photographs and postcards produced by John Valentine mainly showing the construction of the new Tay Rail Bridge at various stages. Includes two photographs of the original bridge, 1885-1887. Photographs and postcards; newscutting and ephemera including a printed tribute to Dennis Ferguson Collins from the Dundee Congregational Church website


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Usually chronological within series.

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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MS 418

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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