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Previous to a description of the modern town of
Dundee, it may be observed that according to the
present system of attack, it is not tenable, nor could
be made so, as it is accessible on all sides and com-
pletely commanded by the heights around ; which,
though they add to its beauty, shelter, and comfort,
are certainly not fitted for its defence. In former
times, the Castle at one extremity of the harbour,
and at the other the fort on a hill now levelled,
called St. Nicholas' Craig, from his 'Chapel being
there, were a very sufficient protection for the ship-
ping in the infancy of artillery; but these defences
would be of very little avail in the present improved
system of naval and military tactics.
In a description of the modern town it has been
thought to be more conducive to understanding the
nature of the place by beginning at the centre, than
by entering at one suburb, and passing through the
town and out at the other. The High Street, Cross,
or Market-place (for it has all these names), is the
most natural centre to proceed from. It is a spaci-
ous rectangle, three hundred and sixty feet long by
one hundred feet broad. The houses around it are
built of free stone, in general pretty regular in front,
and of a moderate height. The shops, with which

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