Dundee’s Step Row
Keith Walker of Dundee has been in touch and says: “In the 1700s an old track called the Fuer’s Road ran south from the cliff top track which we now know as the Perth Road in Dundee.
“The fuer’s track ran down to the rugged shore line and the quarry of Magdalen Yard. This area is now overlooked by a red phone box! The road is called Step Row, but how did it get its name?
“I was reading a short biography of Alexander Moncur in an old Victorian newspaper. His family lived in Inchture but moved to Dundee to live in one of the two humble houses which had just been built in 1978. The houses were being constructed on the steep slope on the top half of thte west side of the lane.
“As the housing was built on the steep slope each of them, as they were being erected, stood a few feet higher than its lower neighbour. The tenants looked at their humble abodes and agreed that the lane should be called Stepped Raw – Step Row.
“Alex Moncur was a hard working and highly thought of businessman working in the weavers’ trade. When he married into the iron family, he bought a house in Miller’s Wynd which he converted into a workshop.
“By 1865, Bailie Moncur and his son built two mansions at the Rockfield on the Perth Road – Nos 299 and 301 called East and West Rockfield.”
Keith Walker has produced this illustration of the poet William McGonagall surveying the scene at Step Row, Dundee. See left for more.