Harbour, St Andrews

Harbour, St Andrews - Ref: WC2206

This photograph from the Alexander Wilson Collection shows the harbour at St Andrews, looking from the east, with the twin towers of the cathedral ruins and St Rule's Tower in the background.

The original port for St Andrews was miles away at the mouth of the Motray burn, near what is today the village of Guardbridge. Although some trade was attracted in the 19th century, the main function of the harbour is as a fishing port.

The boats pictured are registered in Dundee. The cathedral took over 150 years to build but less than one day to destroy. Followers of the Reformation leader, John Knox, smashed the structure to the ground in 1559.

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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