Courses – Dundee History & Local Interest


Tony Cox

George Mealmaker remains an almost completely unknown figure to many Dundonians, and to most Scots. He is Scotland’s ‘forgotten radical martyr, who, as a journeyman weaver, was seen as too ‘common’ and too radical to be included on the Calton Hill memorial in Edinburgh, erected in the 1850s, to the so-called ‘radical martyrs’. This small group, which included Thomas Muir of Huntershill, were leaders of the Friends of the People, and were, like Mealmaker, transported to Australia during the 1790s for the crime of demanding universal male suffrage. This course will draw on a wide range of sources to build a picture of the life and times of George Mealmaker, as a first step towards bringing this forgotten radical martyr to wider attention.

Course Code:  04 303        Tuesday 2.00/4.00   5 weeks  Starts: 13 April 2021   Fees:  £40/£35




Tony Cox

This course of five guided tours will seek to investigate the history of Dundee through a series of guided walks. In so doing, we will go behind the modern exterior of the city centre on a journey that will take us from the town’s origins in the medieval period to the very eve of industrialisation. Each guided tour will take around 1 ½ hours and will leave from the Burns statue in Albert Square at 2pm.

Course Code:  04 314   Wednesday 2.00/ 3.30   5 weeks        Starts: TO BE CONFIRMED    Fees: £30/£27

NB – This course is dependent on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.



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