Dundee Law

Dundee Law
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Dundee Law

Taking its name from an old Scots word for a hill, Dundee Law, or Law Hill, is a conical mass of volcanic basalt forming the highest point in the city of Dundee. It rises to a height of 174m (571 feet). An Iron-Age hill-fort once occupied the site on which now stands a memorial to the dead of World War I erected in 1923. The Beacon of the memorial is lit on four occasions each year: 25th September, in memory of the Battle of Loos where many local men serving in the Black Watch lost their lives; 24th October, for United Nations Day; Remembrance Sunday; and 11th November, Armistice Day.

The residential district of Lawside occupies it western slopes, with The Glens to the north, Hilltown to the east and Dudhope to the south. An extensive area of allotments cloak the upper slopes of the hill to within 50m (165 feet) of the summit. A disused tunnel runs under the eastern flank of the hill. This was completed in 1829 for the Dundee and Newtyle Railway but was bypassed in the 1860s. Thereafter it was put to various uses, including as an air-raid shelter during World War II, but later sealed and eventually both the north and south portals were built over.

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