Made in Dundee

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    29 Nov 2018
    Clock 70min      Length2mi
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    Small's Wynd

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    Turn right here. Keep following this road straight up. The road will take you under the building in front of you. Continue on.

    As well as donating the money, Mary Ann Baxter insisted that the university admit both men and women. It was the first university in the UK to admit both sexes from its foundation. This is particularly remarkable given that in 1881 the only university to admit women was the University of London. In the whole of the UK only 6 women had received degrees. Other Scottish universities would not follow suit for another 8 years.

    Although mill owners, the Baxters were a radical family. In 1812 and 1813 the future Mary Shelley came to stay with them, possibly because her father was keen to introduce her to radical politics. The author of 'Frankenstein' credited Dundee with the beginning of her creativity, saying that during her time here 'my true compositions, the airy flights of my imagination, were born and fostered.'