High Street, Dundee

High Street, Dundee - Ref: WC0232

The focal point of this photograph of the south side of Dundee's High Street is the Town House, built by William Adam in 1731, and demolished some two centuries later in 1932.

The image was captured some time before 1899, when the Royal Bank of Scotland was erected at the head of Castle Street to the east of the Town House.

Who the crowd of boys are, or why they were gathered in that location is unclear; some of them were what look like school caps, others ordinary bonnets. Some have no shoes.

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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