Streetwise: Stobsmuir (Swannie) Ponds

Stobsmuir Ponds

Stobsmuir Ponds (home to the resident swans which give the ponds their local name of “Swannie Ponds”

Stobsmuir’s claim to fame was that its ponds for a time during the nineteenth century acted as a trunk mains for the city’s water supply; the name Stobswell probably reflects an earlier hydraulic function. Not surprisingly the Stobsmuir water was highly unsatisfactory; it was only with the appointment in the 1870s of a qualified water engineer, and the construction of proper reservoirs at Clatto and Lintrathen, that Dundonians had a decent water–supply.

The ‘Swannie Ponds’ as they were known to the children of the locality are still used by them for ‘messing about in boats’; but open–air ice–skating belongs to those far–off days when we had regular seasons and not just a series of arbitrary weather–fronts.

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