Tay Bridge Collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 254 MS 30
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      0.24 linear metres. The records are on paper and include photographs.

Scope and Content

Folder containing miscellaneous notes and articles relating to the history of the Tay Bridge and the career of Sir Thomas Bouch 1832-1980; letters and verses written in connection with Sir Thomas Bouch and the Tay Bridge 1856-1880; mounted copies of photographs; captions for exhibition material; mounted and enlarged prints showing views of the old and new Tay Bridges; mounted photocopies of drawings and articles, mainly related to the work of Sir Thomas Bouch 1877 and 1972; portrait of Thomas Bouch; cameo-style portrait of Thomas Bouch; mounted photocopies of papers and letters relating to collapse of the Tay Bridge, its rebuilding, effect of disaster on Thomas Bouch's career 1849-1880; The Tay Bridge Disaster by John Perkins; collection (incomplete) of photographs with commentary, forming account of the accident, Dundee District Council, 1975; copy interim report by Committee of Dundee and Perth Railway Company which mentions the possibility of bridging the Tay at Inchyra, near Perth 1836; duplicate interim report of Dundee Town Council considering some property aspects of the scheme to build a bridge over the Tay 1865; articles from The Scots Magazine; photocopies of letters and papers related to Thomas Bouch and the Tay Bridge 1872-1877; "Destined for Disaster", by Bill Dow (illustrated article from the Scots Magazine), December 1989; article entitled "Side-Scan Sonar Reveals Submerged Remains of the First Tay Railway Bridge", by R.W. Duck and W.M. Dow.

Administrative / Biographical History

This collection consists of display material with related notes and copies of records and papers brought together by Michael Shafe, Deputy Librarian, University Library, Dundee, for an exhibition held in the library, December/January, 1979-1980, to commemorate the centenary of the Tay Bridge Disaster and mark the career of Sir Thomas Bouch, engineer of the first Tay Bridge.


Records are arranged to reflect the order of the exhibition.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by Michael Shafe in 1980 (AccM/105) and by the Dundee City Archivist in 1980 (AccM/107).


The reference MS 30 was previously used for papers of Professor J.E.A. Steggall which have now been transferred to Recs C3.

Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, October 2001.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list. Subject source lists and databases are also available.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.


None expected.

Location of Originals

Many of the records in this collection are copies. The originals are held in the National Archives of Scotland and University of St. Andrews.

Geographical Names