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event, or wore in gradually, must remain a matter of conjecture. But
that this was the origin of the name seems highly probable. The
supposition of Buchanan, for which he assigns no reason, that it was
Duntaw (explained by some to mean Dun, rocky hill, and Taw for
Tay), is more ingenious than well supported. The titles Donde,
Dundy, and Dondie, and others, appearing in various documents,
the latter, up till near the beginning of the last century, are easily
accounted for in the different modes of spelling in use in the various,
periods. We may mention, that the derivation given is that supported
by the learned Boece, a native of the town, who lived in the end
of the fifteenth century.
Of the ancient town, with its fortress and palace or regal residence,,
very little now remains, except the Old Tower or Steeple and some
fragments of ruins, in different parts of the town, as monuments of its
f(.rmer strength and greatness. The Castle, now completely demo-
lished, stood on a rocky prominence called Castlehill, near the head
of the present Castle Street, and in its glory it overshadowed the
river, which lay at its feet, prior to the erection of any of the present
harbour works. A portion of the ruins and of the vast rock on which
stood the Castle were cleared away for the erection of Castle Street,
which now forms a spacious and direct communication with the har-
bours. On another part of the Castlehill near the head of Castle
Str>3et, east side, and facing the head of Seagate, is being erected a
handsome place of worship for St Paul's Episcopal Congregation, now
worshipping in Castle Street, above the Dundee Bank. When com-
pleted, with its elegant and massive spire, it will be a great ornament
to this part of the town, as it stands on a rising ground, and though
nearly surrounded with houses, will command observation from several
points. In the erection of this chapel on the site of the old castle, we
have a pleasing illustration of the peaceful days in which we live, and
we trust, an indication of the approach of the still happier period when
it shall be said of this, as of all other nations —
" They hang the trumpet in the hall,
And study war no more,"
With regard to the Castle, however, we may remark, that it would
appear from references to it in history, to have been a strong fortifica-
tion in its day, and to have had its full share of the hot work of former-

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