Dighty Water

(Dighty Burn, Dichty Water, Dichty Burn)

Dighty at Balmuirfield
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Dighty at Balmuirfield

A small river in SE Angus, the Dighty (or Dichty) Water rises as the Lundie Burn in the Sidlaw Hills to the northwest of Dundee. It flows southeastwards to enter the Tay estuary between Broughty Ferry and Monifieth, having completed a course of 12½ miles (20 km). The Dighty provided power for industry from at least the 16th C. when grain mills are recorded here. In the 17th C. mills were involved in the waulking of woollen cloth, and bleachfields were also established at this time, some of which persisted until the 20th century. There may have been 56 mills on the river at one point in the 18th century.

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