City Churches, Dundee

City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1404

Dundee first had a church on this site in the 12th century. Founded by David, Earl of Huntingdon the church was called St Mary's. In 1303 this church was destroyed by Edward I of England. It would not be until the 15th century that the church was finally rebuilt.

Later additions and changes to the original church meant that by 1841 Dundee had four separate churches under one roof. In this year a terrible fire, which started in the heating system of the East Kirk resulted in the destruction of the churches. Fortunately the Old Steeple survived. The churches were rebuilt.

Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.

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