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7 September 2011

Launch of the City of Dundee Burgesses Charity


At 2:30pm on Wednesday 7th September, almost 370 years since Charles I reconfirmed the city's status as a Royal Burgh in the Great Charter on 14 September 1641, a number of Dundee's prominent citizens, including Lord Provost John Letford, have got together for the launch.


The seven trustees, Lord Provost Letford, Bill Spence, Alison Henderson, Prudence Watson, Robert Burns, Margaret Hutton, and Charles Scott, and secretary Scott Williamson wanted to create a vehicle for doing good and promoting the city.


Scott Williamson, the organisation's secretary, said: "Through the enrolment as Burgesses individuals will be able to promote the City of Dundee and pride in its people past, present and in the future through supporting charitable and social activities in the city.  


"We are proud of our past and proud of our future and this new organisation draws on our rich heritage.


"The City of Dundee Burgesses will enhance everyday life for those that we can help and encourage a wide spectrum of interest in strengthening community involvement in aspects of importance to Dundonians.


"Dundee is on the verge of a new and exciting future with among other things the V&A@Dundee, and the resultant rise in visitors it will bring, so this is an exciting time to be a Dundonian."


19 October 2011 - Inaugural Event


If you are interested in becoming a Burgess, and would like to find out more, we would like to invite you along to the event. Spaces are limited, so you must RSVP to the Secretary - see above for email address.


City Chambers, 21 City Square, Dundee DD1 3BY 7 for 7:30pm until 9pm


Come along and hear about the City of Dundee Burgesses, the depth of history that the City enjoys, and the exciting developments on the horizon, including the Waterfront and V&A plans. Through enrolment as Burgesses, individuals will be able to promote the City of Dundee, be proud of the past and have pride in the future. Come along and play a part in the City’s future.

Tel:  01382 229222

Email: secretary@dundeeburgess.org.uk

The City of Dundee Burgess Charity (SC 042252)

30 & 34 Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 1RJ


22 February 2012

Succesful Event from the City of Dundee Burgesses Charity


Dundee is very proud of the investment in the Waterfront Development, with the V&A@Dundee as a landmark project within the Central Waterfront area. Our latest event took place at the City Chambers, Dundee  and was attended by around 50 Burgesses and guests.


We heard from Philip Long, Director of the V&A at Dundee who told us more about the progress of the project and what it will mean to the City.

There was also a really worthwhile discussion about the City of Dundee Burgesses - future development and potential activities.


If you would like to become a Burgess, or have some ideas for activities that you would like to see us organise, please email secretary@dundeeburgess.org.uk 

May 2012 - John Letford retires as Lord Provost and Trustee of the City of Dundee Burgesses Charity


The trustees of the Organisation would like to wish John Letford all the very best for the future following his retirement from the position as Dundee's Lord Provost.


John was instrumental in launching the Charity and his work in the City will continue as he moves to the Whitehall Theatre. He is Chairman of the Whitehall Theatre Trust, and will be putting his efforts into revitalising the theatre, ensuring it forms a big part of the City for future generations to enjoy. This role aligns well with his position as a Burgess, having pride in the City of Dundee and playing a part in the City's future.    We wish him well.

25 May 2012 - City of Dundee Burgesses Charity’s Jubilee Address


The Trustees & the Burgesses of the Organisation sent a Jubilee Address to Her Majesty to offer their congratulations on the Sixtieth Anniversary of the accession to the Throne.

Jubilee Address

17 July 2012 - City of Dundee Burgesses

Behind the scenes tour of Dundee House


A group of Burgesses visited Dundee House, HQ building for Dundee City Council and heard about the innovative work spaces, working arrangements and energy saving features of this landmark new building in the City. This new HQ replaces Tayside House, which will now be demolished as part of Dundee's exciting Waterfront development.


The City of Dundee Burgesses are delighted to be able to organise visits like these, which take people into places within the city that they would not normally have access to. Thanks to Rob Pederson, Chief Architectural Officer for his tour.

Pic from Dundee House visit 17 Jul 2012 Thoughts on the visit

One of the group, Donald Gordon of Blackadders LLP sent us his thoughts - click the link here to view them

14 November 2013 - Trustee of City of Dundee Burgesses is part of historic event


One of the Burgesses, Wendy Maltman, was delighted to be involved in the recent activities at Stirling Castle to celebrate the 65th birthday of HRH Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay.


Wendy said: "It was a great honour to represent the Rotary Club of Dundee and the Dundee Burgesses on a visit to Stirling Castle for the Royal Gun Salute on the 14th of November. The day was bright and crisp and the Castle looked formidable set against a landscape of brooding clouds and autumnal trees."


You can read more about her visit here

Wendys image from Stirling Castle

12 August 2014 - Burgesses gather to hear talks on creative culture in Dundee


Burgesses gathered in an unlikely venue to hear talks about creative culture in Dundee. We were welcomed to Freedom Hairdressing Salon by owner and Burgess Irving Miskell-Reid and had some time to meet our fellow Burgesses over a glass of wine and buffet before hearing from guest speakers Professor Mike Press, and filmmaker and photographer Dylan Drummond.


Dylan talked about the Humans of Dundee Facebook project where he seeks to photograph and tell a story of a different person connected to Dundee every day; he shared many inspirational stories. Dylan asked that anyone interested in getting involved with the project contact him through the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HumansofDundee


Mike Press, senior professor and programme director of design and craft at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design gave a talk on all things creative in and around Dundee. In his informative and entertaining talk he gave us insight in to what has been happening and what will happen in the future in Dundee. Looking at our cultural history from the design and architecture of the McManus building and looking towards the coming of the V&A and what this means for Dundee.

You can read more about Mike’s work and research through his blog: http://mikepress.wordpress.com/


Irving took some time to share about the charity work he carries out with the team at Freedom Hairdressing and the many inspirational people in the city that he collaborates with. Donations from those attending the event raised £145 for Maggie’s Centre.


Burgesses found the talks inspiring and challenging – but mostly we left feeling very proud to live in such an amazing city as it undergoes this cultural transformation.