Streetwise: Dura Street

Name Plate

Dura Street runs between Dens Road and Albert Street, and was in the heart of Dundee’s factory-land. The street clearly takes its name from the Dura works, which were built there by the firm of J. & W. Walker about 1836.

Dura as a place-name is from a Celtic word ‘dubron’ meaning water, found in various forms all over the British Isles. Kemback was originally Kenebach and is probably from the Gaelic ‘cinn beag – at the little headland’.

Source: ‘Dundee Names, People and Places’ – David Dorward