Since the early middle ages, fairs
have been held in Dundee; opportunities for traders to display their
wares, entertainers to perform and ordinary citizens to relax and
enjoy themselves. But the fairs also led to disorder and violence,
and by the early Twentieth Century, the local authorities were
looking for ways to abolish them.
Ian McGraw tells the story of
Dundee Fairs over eight centuries, and from local archive and record
materials reveals a fascinating picture of the Lady Mary's Fair,
Stobb's Fair and the rivalry between the Constable of Dundee and the
Burgh Council who tried to control them.