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Dronner's Dyke

An earthwork in the Montrose Basin, Dronner's Dyke was raised in 1670 by the entrepreneur Robert Raitt, with the assistance of Dutch engineers, in an attempt to reclaim the northern part of the Basin. Raitt had gained title to the substantial area of agricultural land that would have been created, but the project was abandoned after the embankment was badly damaged in a storm. Almost a mile (1.5 km) in length, the dyke runs west to east across the centre of the basin and remains visible today at low-tide.


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