famous people from the city of dundee?
i am looking to get information or the names of famous people from the city of dundee in scotland. they can be from any walk of life, be that sports, music, film etc thanx in advance for any help
- BARROWMANLv 61 decade agoBest answer
Dundee Fact File
The name of the city is thought to have derived either from the Celtic ‘Duntaw’ - the hill on the Tay – or from the Iron Age fort on top of Dundee Law called ‘Dun Diagh’.
Dundee’s current population is approximately 145,000. 200 years ago, Dundee had a population greater than that of Glasgow.
Dr George Alexander Pirie started his investigations at Dundee Royal Infirmary in the late 19th century. He was one of the first doctors to use X-rays in the field of medicine. He began producing X-ray images in 1896.
Dundee bookseller James Chalmers invented the adhesive postage stamp. Ninewells Hospital – first new teaching hospital to be built in Britain after the Second World War.
James Bowman Lindsay, who lived in Dundee in the early 19th century, demonstrated not only the world’s first visible electric light, but also wireless telegraphy through water. His greatest achievement, however, lay in his prophetic vision of the information society.
In the early 20th century, Preston Watson achieved powered flight, five months before the Wright Brothers.
The Tay Railway Bridge is just over two miles long and still remains the longest in Europe. The section closest to Dundee was completed in 1887, to replace a section that was destroyed in 1879 by a storm.
Dundee maintains a spectacular position on the Tay Estuary and is dominated by a dormant volcano called “The Law”. It is the highest point in Dundee, offering a great view over the city and the surrounding area.
Margaret Fenwick was the first woman trade union leader in Britain – General Secretary of the Jute, Flax & Kindred Textile Operatives’ Union. Dr Thomas John MacLagan developed aspirin in 1876, whilst working as a Medical Superintendent at Dundee Royal Infirmary.
Sir Robert Watson Watt, the radar pioneer, attained a first-class science degree from University College, Dundee. In 1912 he was appointed an assistant to the Professor of Physics. His studies of thunderstorms during the First World War led him to draw up the world’s first practical radar scheme.
Dundee was the home port of the Antarctic exploration ship RRS Discovery, the historic vessel which took Captain Robert Scott to Antarctica. The Discovery, carefully restored, is now the centrepiece of an award-winning tourist and visitor centre at Dundee’s waterfront.
Dundee was once among the world’s leading whaling ports. The ready availability of whale oil in Dundee led to the establishment of the jute industry in the city in the 1830s. The oil was used to soften the rough jute fibres. Dundee soon became the centre of the world’s jute industry.
Kingsway was the first ring road system in Britain.
Mrs Keiller produced marmalade from a consignment of bitter oranges, whilst, in the 1870s, that glory of British gastronomy – the chip – was first sold by Belgian immigrant Edward De Gernier in the city’s Greenmarket.
At one time there were more millionaires per head in Dundee than anywhere else in Britain.
The Howff burial ground is a historic graveyard given to the people of Dundee by Mary, Queen of Scots. The carved gravestones, which date back to the sixteenth century, feature the signs and symbols of the old craft guilds.
Verdant Works, an award-winning site and former jute mill, tells the story of Dundee’s important jute and textiles history. At one time there were as many as 43,000 people employed in the textiles industry in Dundee.
Sir James Ivory, a famous 18th century mathematician and astronomer, said to have ranked alongside Newton, was the son of Dundee Watchmaker, James Ivory, who made the clock for the steeple of St Andrew’s Church, Cowgate.
Williamina Fleming, born and educated in Dundee, achieved fame as an astronomer at Harvard College Observatory in the USA, where she specialised in developing the uses of photography in astronomical research.
James MacDonald, the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1946 to 1976 was born in Dundee.
- cruisingyetiLv 51 decade ago
William Kidd, born in Dundee, married in New York, hanged in London
on July 1, 1894, when Coach Legend was born in Dundee, Scotland
Frances Wright, reformer and author, was born in Dundee, Scotland
Born in Dundee, Scotland, William Mackenzie emigrated to Canada in 1820
H. D. STANLEY, MONTAGU E (1809-1844), actor and painter, was born at Dundee on 5 Jan. 1809.
PATERSON, JOHN FORD (1851-1912), artist, was born in Dundee, Scotland
The American social reformer Frances Wright was born in Dundee, Scotland
Henderson, Thomas - (1798-1844) He was born in Dundee and became the first person to measure the distance between the earth and a star, in this case Alpha Centauri.14
MacDonald, James - (1906-1991) Born in Dundee, he did sound effects and voice-overs for Disney for 40 years, including the speeded-up track of the chipmunks. Near the end he was the voice of the world’s most famous cartoon character, Mickey Mouse.
Ian Cussick is a singer/song-writer, born in Dundee, Scotland on 17 June 1954
Mrs Keiller, born Dundee, invented marmalade.
mail containing adhesive stamps invented by John Chalmers of Dundee, Scotland
Robert Sterling Newall was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1812 TransAtlantic cableSource(s): also "wiki" has a page....
- MelissaLv 44 years ago
I'm from Williamston, South Carolina. We're famous for the Spring Park and the World's Largest Jockey Lot.
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- RetiredLv 71 decade ago
William Topaz McGonagall.
McGonagall was an actor and a poet, the worst poet in the English language, or indeed in any language.
McGonagall was a weaver in Dundee, when at the age of fifty-two discovered a talent that was to change his life. He wrote ‘The most startling incident in my life was the time I discovered myself to be a poet, which was in the year 1877’. His first poem was An Address to the Rev. George Gilfillan, a work that portrayed all the hallmarks of the McGonagall style. An extract reads as follows:
‘The first time I heard him speak,
‘Twas in the Kinnaird Hall
Lecturing on the Garibaldi movement,
As loud as he could bawl.
My blessing on his noble form,
And on his lofty head,
May all good angels guard him while living,
And hereafter when he’s dead.’
Gilfillan wrote in reply “Shakespeare never wrote anything like this.” The characteristics of the McGonagall style, which never varied, were contrived and outrageous rhymes, inaptness of poetic metaphor and disregard of the trappings of scansion and verse form.
McGonagall is particularly famous for his Tay Bridge poems. In 1877, an immense railway bridge was built across the Tay and McGonagall was impelled to write a poem in its honour. The lines follow the poet’s invariable style.
‘Beautiful railway bridge of the silvery Tay
That has caused the Emperor of Brazil to leave
His home far away, incognito in his dress,
And view thee ere he pass along en route to Inverness.’
In 1879, the bridge fell down in a storm and McGonagall penned another verse on the disaster.
‘Beautiful railway bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time….
And the cry rang out all round the town,
Good heavens! The Tay Bridge has blown down.’
McGonagall also had a career as an actor but earned little from this occupation. In fact, on some occasions, he was obliged to pay the theatre for the privilege of performing. He was finally dismissed form Mr Giles’ Theatre, Dundee, when, while playing the title role in Macbeth, he thought that the actor playing McDuff was trying to upstage him and so refused to die.
McGonagall’s best-paid piece of work was his Ode to Sunlight Soap, for which he was paid two guineas. The most poignant lines of this verse run:
‘You can use it with great pleasure and ease
Without wasting any elbow grease:
And when washing the most dirty clothes
The sweat won’t be dripping from your nose…
And I tell you once again without any joke
There’s no soap can surpass Sunlight Soap.’
McGonagall was so pleased with the generous commission paid by the manufacturers, that he wrote a verse of thanks ending with the lines:
‘And in conclusion, gentlemen, I thank ye
William McGonagall, Poet, 48 Step Row, Dundee.’
In 1892, after the death of the poet laureate Tennyson, McGonagall walked from his home to Balmoral, hoping to persuade Queen Victoria to appoint him as the next laureate. Unfortunately, Her Majesty was not in residence and McGonagall was obliged to walk home in disappointment.
McGonagall is buried in Greyfriars Kirk, [1 Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ], near to Greyfriars Bobby, and not as he wished in Westminster Abbey.
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- bassdog65Lv 41 decade ago
i would probably look in the phone book.
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- 1 decade ago
that Australian fellar