High Street, Dundee

High Street, Dundee - Ref: WC0285

The road leading away to the north at the centre of this photograph is Reform Street.

Of particular interest in this picture is the booksellers George Montgomery, at No. 64 High Street. A native of Dumfries, he came to Dundee in 1868 and opened two shops, the other as a stationer in Cowgate.

He died in 1896 (portrait and biography in the Piper O' Dundee, No. 19, p. 377), the year after he sold various Burns relics. His grandmother, Jessie Lewers, was the dedicatee of several Burns songs, including 'Oh, wert thou in the cauld blast.'.

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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