By Tim Lambert
c. 1100 A small port grows up at Dundee
1191 King William gives Dundee a charter (a document granting the people certain rights)
1349 Dundee is a thriving town with a population of about 4,000. Wine is imported. So is grain. Wool and hides are exported.
1520 The population of Dundee has risen to about 7,000 and it is growing rapidly. The wool industry in Dundee is flourishing and big amounts are exported. Timber, pitch and hemp from the Baltic and Scandinavia are imported.
1548 Dundee is partly burned by the English
1591 Street cleaning begins in Dundee
1592 A wall is built around Dundee
1607-08 Plague strikes Dundee
1650 The population of Dundee is about 11,000
1651 The English capture Dundee
1657 The English demolish the walls around Dundee
1658 Dundee Harbour is badly damaged by a storm
1731 City Hall is built
1750 Dundee is known for its linen industry and whaling
1798 An infirmary opens in Dundee
1801 The population of Dundee is 26,000
1825 King William IV Dock is built
1826 Dundee gains gaslight
1832 Cholera strikes Dundee
1845 A water company is founded in Dundee to provide piped water
1849 Cholera strikes Dundee again
1861 The population of Dundee is over 90,000. Shipbuilding is a major industry in Dundee. So is jute.
1876 Horse-drawn trams run in Dundee
1878 The Law opens
1893 Dudhope Park opens
1899 Lochee Park opens
1899-1902 Dundee trams are electrified
1906 Victoria Park opens
1920 D C Thompson begins making comics in Dundee
1963 Earl Grey Dock closes
1964 Kingsway Technical College opens
1966 Tay Road Bridge opens
1971 Barnhill Shopping Centre opens
1974 Ninewells Hospital opens
1978 Wellgate Shopping Centre opens. A new Central Library opens in Dundee.
1986 The Discovery returns to Dundee
1996 Verdant Works Museum of Jute Working opens
1999 Dundee Contemporary Arts opens
2000 The new Overgate Shopping Centre opens. Dundee Ice Arena opens.