City Churches, Dundee

ref: wc1381

City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1381

This photograph shows the Old Steeple and City Churches on a winters day. Dundee has had a church on this site since the 12th century. The very first church was built by David, Earl of Huntingdon,. This church was destroyed by the forces of Edward I of England, the Hammer of the Scots.

Another church was finally completed by the 15th century. It was during this period the Old Steeple, more properly known as St Mary's Tower, was built. The Gothic style Old Steeple is one of Dundee's oldest surviving buildings. The City Churches were rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1841.


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.