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Dudhope Castle the principal seat of the ancient family of Scrimseour constables of Dundee is beautifully situated on a fine terrace at the foot of the Law on the South side. The present being a modification of the ancient structure shows but little of the form of the original buildings which till after the middle of the last century consisted of a square tower or donjon with a warder or watch tower on the top and two considerable lateral buildings or wings the one fronting to the south and the other to the east. The former had on the back side two circular turrets containing which rose from the floor immediately above the vaults and ascended to a point higher than the battlements. The whole house is now of one elevation the excess of height of the donjon being reduced by the removal of the watch tower and the wings being brought up by the addition of a flat to each a small turret has been placed for a bell on the top of the keep in lieu of the warder's tower. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + About the year 1792 the castle was taken in lease and fitted up as a manufactory by a speculator in woollens and worsteds from London but previous to that date Archibald first Lord Douglas occasionally used it as a residence as it constantly was that of Mr. Lyon his Lordship's factor. The manufactory failed and very soon after (in 1794) the castle was leased to the crown for barracks - the house in a sense remodelled, the gardens and orchards wholly erased and the whole appearance of the landscape completely changed. As barracks the castle continues still to be used without any vestige of its ancient baronial grandeur remaining
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This page consists of quotations taken from Thomson's 1847 History of Dundee pages 360 & 363

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