Re: [dundee-history] Dundee Provosts
- At 11:08 PM 23/10/2004, Janice wrote:
>I am seeking information about the early provosts of Dundee,
>particularly George Yeaman after whom the Yeaman Shore was named, But
>also Patrick and David.
Given a day or two, i am sure I can help you just a little from my copy of
" The Municipal History of Dundee" published in 1878 by Winter, Duncan & Co.
I see that James Yeaman was a Bailie in 1861, and was Provost in 1871.
"Glimpses of Old and New Dundee, published in 1925, does ahve a little
write up on Yeaman's Shore. It says "This is the designation of a passage
from the Nethergait to the Harbour, going back to 1600. Itr seems likely
that the Yeamans of Dryburgh, near Lochee, had a residence hrere. George
Yeaman was Provost from 1706 till 1708. and again from 1710 till 1712, and
that at a time when the normal tenure of office was for only one year. The
Dundee Theatre existed in Yeaman's Shore until 1924.
More later as I dig around for you.
- Janice N' recently wrote about City dignitaries, and the Yeaman family in
I gave her some information and promised to dig into my "Municipal history
of Dundee" published in 1878.
I have now been through this sizeable book, which has no Index, and have
found references to the Yeaman family, whilst performing duties as Bailies,
or Provosts, over many years. Some refer to the election of Common
Councillors in 1716, -James Yeaman, and to George Yeaman , Merchant,
serving on an enquiry into the misuse of Election Tickets in 1716. pp. 97
It is noted that George Yeaman of Gowrie had been the MP for Dundee, from
the end of the 17th century, into the early part of the 18th century, when
the Act of Union between Scotland and England was enacted.
One amusing incident in 1712 records GeorgeYeaman , whilst Provost,
dispensing justice to four vagabond women, who were removed from the
town! p. 101
The earliest reference is to David Yeaman , in 1652, being made partially
responsible for the protection of the Overgate area, as General Monk was
about to attack and later desolate the town. p.269
In 1872, the Town Council, led by Provosty James Yeaman donated a new bell
for the new "Peal of Bells" following a fire at the old City Churches in
1841. This new bell was th F sharp bell, which weighed in at 14
There are a few other incidents recorded, some leading up to the
establishment of the family home at Murie in the Carse of Gowrie.
If Janice is interested, I could make extracts of some of these incidents,
and send them to her in Australia, where I also live.
- Robin Hallam wrote to the Group -
James Yeaman was still Provost of Dundee on 10 June 1872 when he
attended a function at Lambs Hotel and after giving an 800 word
speech, presented 15 awards to a number of Dundee ironworkers.
The function was a gathering of the Amalgamated Ironworkers of
Dundee to commemorate the peaceful settlement of a strike four or
five months previous that had the workers out for about a
fortnight. The workers achieved a work week that was from 7:00AM -
5:00PM Monday to Friday and 7:00AM - 1:00PM on Saturday. The
assembly was served tea followed by five speeches including that of
Provost Yeaman, then the presentations and followed by "several
songs by Miss Sturrock and a number of duets by Messrs. Johnston and
I know about that evening at Lambs Hotel because my g-grandfather
Robert Ireland Robb was Secretary of the Amalgamated Ironworkers and
was presented that evening with a writing desk by Provost Yeaman
which I still have in my possession. The inscription on a brass
plate inlaid in the desk includes the words "their appreciation of
his services during the struggle for the 51 hours".
Duncan British Columbia
PS I have an contemporary account of that evening from the Dundee
Advertiser that includes word for word all the speeches and the
details of the presentations. I would send a copy to anyone
Send any requests to the Group.
Jim's recent post mentioned the bells in St. Mary's Tower (The Old Steeple).
The tower and Steeple Church survived the 1841 fire, but the cross kirk (now
the Slessor Centre) and east kirk (St. Mary's) did not.
The bell tower has a peal of 8 bells, hung for full-circle ringing. There
are also some old bells on display in the Antiquities Room in the tower, but
these are much older than the working set.
There are eight bells tuned to a complete octave, ranging from the treble
(highest note) weighing 287 kg (5cwt 2qtr 17lbs) to the tenor (lowest note)
at 995 kg (19cwt 2qtr 10lbs).
The Tenor bell was cast in 1819 by Thomas Mears at the Whitechapel Bell
Foundry in London, the other seven bells were cast in 1872 by the same
foundry, now called Mears & Stainbank. This is the foundry which also
manufactured "Big Ben", in the Houses of Parliament clock-tower in London,
and the USA's Liberty Bell.
>> In 1872, the Town Council, led by Provost James Yeaman donated a new bellfor the new "Peal of Bells" following a fire at the old City Churches in
1841. This new bell was the F sharp bell, which weighed in at 14 cwt.
The bells are tuned to an octave in E, so I think this would be the 7th,
The bells are rung every Sunday and also week-day practice nights: contact
information, for anyone who would like to try it:
Go on, it's great fun!
- I'd love to have a go, Ken, but it's long old stretch of the rope
from Dundee to Oxford! However I did hear them when I was in Dundee
in 2000, and was most impressed by the sound. They did not seem to be
ringing full circle, but were chiming a hymn tune, using four bells
(I think - I am to tune and rhythm what Long John Silver was to
ballroom dancing!). Maddeningly, I can't remember the hymn either.
Hopefully one of these days my girlfriend and I will come up to
Dundee ancestor-chasing and drop by on practice night. Have you got a
real ale pub (the essential adjunct to ringing!) to go to afterwards?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ken Anton" <ken.anton@t...>
> Jim's recent post mentioned the bells in St. Mary's Tower (The Old
> The tower and Steeple Church survived the 1841 fire, but the cross
> the Slessor Centre) and east kirk (St. Mary's) did not.ringing. There
> The bell tower has a peal of 8 bells, hung for full-circle
> are also some old bells on display in the Antiquities Room in thetower, but
> these are much older than the working set.treble
> There are eight bells tuned to a complete octave, ranging from the
> (highest note) weighing 287 kg (5cwt 2qtr 17lbs) to the tenor(lowest note)
> at 995 kg (19cwt 2qtr 10lbs).Bell
> The Tenor bell was cast in 1819 by Thomas Mears at the Whitechapel
> Foundry in London, the other seven bells were cast in 1872 by thesame
> foundry, now called Mears & Stainbank. This is the foundry whichalso
> manufactured "Big Ben", in the Houses of Parliament clock-tower inLondon,
> and the USA's Liberty Bell.new bell
> Jim wrote:
> >> In 1872, the Town Council, led by Provost James Yeaman donated a
> for the new "Peal of Bells" following a fire at the old CityChurches in
> 1841. This new bell was the F sharp bell, which weighed in at 14cwt.
> The bells are tuned to an octave in E, so I think this would be the
> being F#.contact
> The bells are rung every Sunday and also week-day practice nights:
> information, for anyone who would like to try it:
> Go on, it's great fun!
> Best regards