- LOCHEE, a manufacturing village, and lately a quoad sacra parish, partly in the parish of Dundee, and partly in the parish of Liff and Benvie, county of Forfar, 1¼ mile (N. W. by W.) from Dundee; containing 3693 inhabitants, of whom 2439 are in the parish of Liff and Benvie. This village, which is pleasantly situated on the turnpike-road to Newtyle, and forms a populous suburb of the town of Dundee, is neatly built, and principally inhabited by persons engaged in the manufacture of the coarser kinds of linen-cloth, chiefly for exportation. The weaving of these goods is carried on to a very great extent, affording employment to nearly 2000 people; and many of the inhabitants are occupied in the spinning of flax, for which three mills have been erected in the village within the last few years. In connexion with these works is an extensive establishment at Bullion, near Invergowrie, for bleaching and dyeing yarn and cloth, and in which are a water-wheel of fourteen, and a steam engine of six, horse power. A post-office under that of Dundee has been established in the village; and facility of communication with Dundee and the principal towns in the district is maintained by good roads. The parish was separated, for ecclesiastical purposes only, by act of the General Assembly in 1834, and was nearly two miles in length and a mile and a half in breadth. The church, originally erected as a chapel of ease, in 1829, at a cost of £2000, raised by subscription of the inhabitants, is a neat structure containing 1144 sittings, of which 100 are free. The minister is appointed by the male communicants, and derives a stipend of £155 from the seat-rents and collections. There are places of worship for members of the Free Church, and the United Associate Synod. A parochial school, for which an appropriate building was erected in 1837, at an expense of £300, whereof a portion was granted by government, and the remainder raised by subscription, is partly supported by the Education Committee of the General Assembly, who pay a salary of £12. 10. to the master, in addition to the fees.
A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. Samuel Lewis. 1856.
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