Dundee Castle

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Site Type CASTLE
Canmore ID 33507
Site Number NO43SW 48
NGR NO 4042 3027
Former Region TAYSIDE
Former District CITY OF DUNDEE
Former County ANGUS
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NO43SW 48 4042 3027.

(NO 4042 3027) Dundee Castle (NR) (site of)
OS 25" map, (1959)

The locally accepted site of Dundee Castle, of which no trace remains. The castle, evidently of some strength and importance, is on record from 1290 but after 1314 there is no mention of it - the implication being that it was dismantled about that period.
Name Book 1858; A C Lamb 1895.

Site occupied by modern buildings.
Visited by OS (J L D) 17 April 1958.

1306 to 1329

Notes The year 2014 sees the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which the army of Robert I of Scotland defeated that of Edward II of England. The battle marked a major turning point in the long, drawn-out struggle of the Wars of Independence.

The Wars have had a lasting influence upon all the nations of the United Kingdom and upon the national story. Each age has seen fit to commemorate the events in its own way: through the perpetuation of the genuine historical associations of buildings and places and also through the endowment of others with improbable or fanciful traditions. Where past generations allowed its historic buildings to decay and disappear, later generations began to value and actively preserve these for their associations. Where an event lacked a tangible reminder, as at Kinghorn where Alexander III was killed in a riding accident, a commemorative monument would be erected to act as a focus. The Wars of Independence predate the fashion for accurate portraiture: the weathered, generic military effigy of Sir James Douglas is one of the few to survive in Scotland. Later centuries saw a need and supplied it by a crowd of images of its historic heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, each depicted according to contemporary taste and imagination. The opening of the new heritage centre at Bannockburn takes this into a new dimension, through the use of three-dimensional, digital technology.

RCAHMS Collections hold many images of these buildings and locations from battlefields, castles and churches, to the many commemorative monuments erected in later years. This gallery highlights a selection of these, including antiquarian sketches, photographic and drawn surveys, and architectural designs.

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Books and References

Lamb, A C (1895) Dundee: its quaint and historic buildings, Dundee
Page(s): 7-10 Held at RCAHMS D.5.L

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale). Held at RCAHMS on micro fiche.
Page(s): Book No. 28, 49 Held at RCAHMS Ref

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