Seagate, Dundee

Seagate, Dundee - Ref: WC0592

This photograph was taken from the east end of Dundee's High Street and shows the crossroads leading into the Seagate across Commercial Street, which runs north to south from right to left.

The Dundee Directory of 1896-97 and the two subsequent issues match the identifiable businesses with one exception: D. Rodney does not appear in any of the listings.

The most interesting is Allardyce, Pettie, & Co., who made surgical instruments, based at No. 43 Commercial Street. A native of Glamis, Charles Allardyce 'was a clever craftsman ... a keen golfer ... and a Freemason' according to his obituary (May 1924).

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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