- Hello Everyone
Just a small extract from my Neish Family History - and at the end, a question. (The Mr. Neish mentioned being my old Uncle, Thomas Neish (remembered in Dundee History as "The Father of Jute").
Extract from: Dundee Warder, 2 November 1841, page 3
'Harbour Observatory - we are glad to see that measures are in progress to have an Observatory at the new Customhouse.
The merchants and ship-owners of Dundee have been for a long time greatly in want of such an erection, and they are now indebted to Mr. Neish for the movement he has made in the matter.' END
My Question ::
I believe it was said that an observer (in the Observatory) could see from Reid (or Red) Head, just north of Arbroath to Fife Ness, the most Easterly point in Fife. These parameters being the seaward extent of the area over which the Dundee Fraternity of Masters and Seamen exercised authority regarding pilots, buoys and lighthouses and issuing of 'Notices to Mariners' - advising mariners of changes in lights and buoys. Perhaps they still do ??
I have, recently, heard that the Customhouse is for sale and that it may be turned into housing.
I would have thought that such a building would be "listed", perhaps both externally as well as inside? Seems an odd use for such a historical building.
Might someone have heard this rumour? If true, I am wondering if the "Observatory" would remain.
Barbara Neish - Bermuda
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