Famous people connected to Dundee

Many of our visitors are researching their roots in the Tay Valley area.  I thought you would be interested in the items below.  Further details can be found on www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Mary Shelley in Dundee – from 1812 to 1814
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graphic for wee article on Mary Shelley page On 7 June 1812, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin boarded the packed ship, ‘Osnaburg’, in London, and set sail to Dundee. As recounted in her introduction to ‘Frankenstein’, she had very fond memories of her time in the city, and waxed lyrically about it being an ‘eyry of freedom’.

The Robert Browning bicentenary – celebrating his Scottish ancestry.
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graphic for article on Robert Browning’s Scottish ancestry Along with Charles Dickens, Robert Browning is another bicentennial man in 2012. Although Browning was born in London on 7 May 1812, his mother, Sarah Weidemann (ahem, there are various spellings of the surname!), was Scottish and hailed from Dundee.

We did a quick name search on ScotlandsPeople for Browning’s mother, and found the record of her birth in the Dundee Parish Records for June 1772. We then did some more digging around and discovered that Browning’s ancestry is a fascinating mix of genes – including Dutch, Jewish, Creole, Scottish and English lineage.

This has been published in Scotland’sPeople May Newsletter

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