History Tusks


Three tusks that have the history of Dundee carved on them, I’ll do my best to include links that can describe the history better than I can. The tusks are a nod towards the whaling history of Dundee. They’re not far from the city centre but in a bizarre spot for any tourist that’s ventured to the east coast of Scotland in search of history.


The last dragon in Scotland was killed just outside Dundee at the foot of the Sidlaw Hills. A fearsome beast indeed it chomped its way through nine maidens before being slain. A headstone in a field marks the spot of the kill. A little tale about the dragon that had to be told in a minimum amount of words by mini BP in this LINK.

Also in the above photo are mentions to NCR still in Dundee and if you click on the photo, above NCR you can make out Timex.
The Timex strike of 1993 saw apparently the worst picket line violence since the miners strikes of the early 80’s and has been described as the last major strike in the UK.
As an unemployed youth of the 90’s the job centre packed me off for an interview at Timex laced with all the danger that comes with crossing picket lines. I didn’t get the job.


The Black Watch the regiment for the men of Dundee, the drill hall for the territorials of the early 20th century still stands in this LINK
In this LINK the ghostly soldiers of Dundee’s past venture for Loos and few come back!

Above the Black Watch you can see the name Scroggie an inspirational hill walker connected to Dundee by war. Syd Scroggie was born in Canada and came to Dundee as a baby after his father was killed in WWI. Weeks before the end of WWII Syd stepped on a land-mine it blew off his leg and lost his sight. He didn’t let this stop him in life and continued to climb the hills until the end.
Just Googling his name shows how well thought of he was, with obituaries in all the major UK newspapers not just the local ones.
Here’s Syd with another famous Scottish hill walker Tom Weir.


I’m not too sure what the Destroying Angel has to do with Dundee she does get a mention in a William McGonagall poem, McGonagall being Dundee’s shot at Robert Burn’s title as the best wordsmith in Scotland.
Below the angel are a list of public houses from the nearby area so it may be a connection with the demon drink.


The Royal Arch built to commemorate the first visit to the city since the 17th century of a reigning monarch Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
A lot of Dundee’s history is just that. History! The arch was pulled down to make way for the Tay Road Bridge in 1964 ending that piece of history but fear not Dundee also has the fine Albert Institute commissioned as a memorial to the prince and funded by the public of Dundee. It was later decided to get rid of the imperialistic name and it now commemorates a former Lord Provost as the McManus Galleries. I prefer the more regal Albert Institute.


And lastly Dundee’s favourite wee rogue “Oor Wullie! Your Wullie! A’body’s Wullie!” His weekly adventures in the Sunday Post alongside the Broons was about the only thing worth reading in that particular paper. Here’s a wee link to one of Wullie’s adventures, my recent stats for the past year show a lot of viewers from America and Canada so Wullie’s brogue may be hard to follow for some.
Oor Wullie was drawn by Dudley D Watkins one of only two artists that could sign their work at DC Thomson.
Here’s some more of Mr Watkin’s work in this LINK

A wee while back I insulated lofts for a living and once found a copy of the very first Beano annual from 1938 in outstanding condition along with copies of a cartoonists work. I assume that the annual is still sitting under someone’s loft insulation the householder unaware at the treasure a few feet above their heads.

All the photos in this post were taken with the Ricoh 500G using Ilford FP4+ 35mm film. I’m very impressed with the sharpness of this little range finder.


Wooops! I forget the last one the Nine Trades of Dundee.


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