Streetwise: Kinloch Place

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Kinloch Place was named in memory of the famous local Reformer, George Kinloch (1775–1833), whose speeches in Dundee in 1817 and 1819 claiming Reform of the Representation of the People in Parliament were so distasteful to the authorities that he was indicted to the Court of Session for trial. He was advised to leave the country for a time, which he did. Ultimately, when George IV, was at Edinburgh in 1822, he pardoned Kinloch, who then returned to Dundee.

He was the first M.P. chosen for Dundee after the Reform Bill of 1832 became law but unfortunately he died in March, 1833, in his 58th year. His name is still revered as that of a pioneer of Reform.

Source: ‘Glimpses of Old and New Dundee’ – A.H. Millar, January 1925