Broughty Ferry

Dundee City

Broughty Ferry
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Broughty Ferry

A small port and residential suburb to the east of Dundee, Broughty Ferry (or 'The Ferry') is situated on the north bank of the Firth of Tay opposite Tayport in Fife to which it was formerly linked by ferry. Once a fishing village and ferry port, Broughty Ferry developed as a residential and resort town during the 19th Century when many of its fine villas were erected by jute industrialists from Dundee. Incorporated with the City of Dundee in 1913, it has a fine seafront, harbour and esplanade. Guarding the mouth of the Tay estuary, the 15th-century Broughty Castle overlooks the harbour. Built in 1498, the castle was restored during the 19th century and now houses a museum featuring displays on Dundee's maritime history. A lifeboat station was established here in 1830, the first inshore lifeboat station in Scotland. Its lifeboat Mona was lost with all hands in 1959.

Broughty Ferry benefits from three primary schools and one secondary (Grove Academy), while Broughty Ferry Railway Station opened in 1838. In 1897, a bakery and cake shop was opened on Gray Street by David Goodfellow and Margaret Steven, who later married. This business now has branches across Eastern Scotland.

Notable residents included astronomer Rev. Thomas Dick (1774 - 1857), James Guthrie Orchar (1825-98), who served as Provost, engineer Sir Alexander Gibb (1872 - 1958), cartoonist Dudley D. Watkins (1907-69), Wing Commander Hugh Malcolm (1917-42), who won the Victoria Cross, nationalist leader Gordon Wilson (1938 - 2017), historian Raymond Lamont-Brown (b.1939), musician Roger Ball (b.1944) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actress Heather Ripley (b.1959). Bob Servant, the comic cheeseburger tycoon in the books by Neil Forsyth (b.1978), is a fictional resident of Broughty Ferry.

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