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Broughty Ferry is a suburb on the eastern side of the City of Dundee, on the shore of the Firth of Tay
Firth of Tay
The Firth of Tay is a firth in Scotland between the council areas of Fife, Perth and Kinross, the City of Dundee and Angus, into which Scotland's largest river in terms of flow, the River Tay, empties....

 in eastern Scotland
Scotland
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the...

. "The Ferry" was formerly an independent burgh
Burgh
A burgh was an autonomous corporate entity in Scotland and Northern England, usually a town. This type of administrative division existed from the 12th century, when King David I created the first royal burghs. Burgh status was broadly analogous to borough status, found in the rest of the United...

 from 1864 until it was absorbed into the Royal Burgh
Royal burgh
A royal burgh was a type of Scottish burgh which had been founded by, or subsequently granted, a royal charter. Although abolished in 1975, the term is still used in many of the former burghs....

 of Dundee in 1913.

Etymology


The name Broughty Ferry may derive from Bruach Tatha meaning "Taybank" in Scottish Gaelic. A piece of folk etymology holds that the name derives from the Lowland Scots
Scots language
Scots is the Germanic language variety spoken in Lowland Scotland and parts of Ulster . It is sometimes called Lowland Scots to distinguish it from Scottish Gaelic, the Celtic language variety spoken in most of the western Highlands and in the Hebrides.Since there are no universally accepted...

 broch, meaning some form of fortification, with the 'ty' being a shortening of the name of the River Tay, and Ferry being added later in recognition of the town's role as a ferry port. However, this is unlikely, as the word order would probably be "Tay Broch", rather than "Broch Tay".

History


Evidence exists of a human settlement in pre-historic times, later developing into a prosperous fishing and whaling village, before becoming home to 19th century jute
Jute
Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is produced from plants in the genus Corchorus, which has been classified in the family Tiliaceae, or more recently in Malvaceae....

 barons who had their factories in Dundee. At this time it was known as the 'richest square mile in Europe'

In 1495 Broughty Castle
Broughty Castle
Broughty Castle is a historic castle in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland. It was completed around 1495, although the site was earlier fortified in 1454 when George Douglas, 4th Earl of Angus received permission to build on the site. His son Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus was coerced into...

 was built and remained in use as a major defensive structure until 1932, playing a role in the Anglo-Scottish Wars
Anglo-Scottish Wars
The Anglo-Scottish Wars were a series of wars fought between England and Scotland during the sixteenth century.After the Wars of Scottish Independence, England and Scotland had fought several times during the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In most cases, one country had attempted to...

 and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. The castle stands on a shallow tip projecting into the Firth, alongside two beaches, one of sand, the other of pebbles.

The village has two Category A listed buildings, St Stephen’s Church (the parish church of the West Ferry) and St Luke’s Church built in the 19th century. St Stephen’s has exceptionally fine Victorian windows thought to be the best collection of Bourne Jones stained glass in Scotland.

Prior to the construction of the first Tay Rail Bridge
Tay Rail Bridge
The Tay Bridge is a railway bridge approximately two and a quarter miles long that spans the Firth of Tay in Scotland, between the city of Dundee and the suburb of Wormit in Fife ....

 in 1878, a roll-on/roll-off railway ferry linked the Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, the second largest city in Scotland, and the eighth most populous in the United Kingdom. The City of Edinburgh Council governs one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas. The council area includes urban Edinburgh and a rural area...

 to Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom's 25th most populous city, with an official population estimate of ....

 railway line between Tayport
Tayport
Tayport is located in Fife, Scotland.Te oportet alte ferri - "It is encumbent on you to carry yourself high." This actually a rather terrible pun on:"Tayport at auld Tay Ferry"....

 and Broughty Ferry, until the construction of the rail bridge made it redundant.

On 2 December 1943, a pigeon from Broughty Ferry called Winkie
Winkie
Winkie can refer to:*Winkie, South Australia*Winkie Country, a place in the Wizard of Oz novels by L. Frank Baum and the people that inhabit it*Winkie , a 2006 novel by Clifford Chase about a teddy bear accused of terrorism...

 was awarded the Dickin Medal
Dickin Medal
The Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honour the work of animals in war. It is a bronze medallion, bearing the words "For Gallantry" and "We Also Serve" within a laurel wreath, carried on a ribbon of striped green, dark brown and pale blue...

 for "delivering a message under exceptional difficulties and so contributing to the rescue of an Air Crew while serving with the RAF in February 1942".

On 8 December 1959 the town's lifeboat, The Lifeboat Mona
Lifeboat Mona
The Mona was a lifeboat based at Broughty Ferry in Scotland, that capsized during a rescue attempt, with the loss of her entire crew of eight men. The Mona was built in 1935, and, in her time, saved 118 lives.- The loss of the Mona :...

, was lost with all hands attempting to rescue a foundering lightship.

Education


There are three primary schools located in Broughty Ferry. They are: Barnhill Primary School
Barnhill Primary School
Barnhill Primary School is a primary school in east area Broughty Ferry. It is one of the three primary schools currently in Broughty Ferry. Barnhill Primary School is a mixed gender school for children aged between 5 and 12 years old. There is a nursery available for younger children. There are...

, Forthill Primary School and Eastern Primary School. Pupils living in the Barnhill Area will most likely go to Barnhill Primary School, pupils living in central Broughty Ferry will most likely go to Eastern Primary School and pupils living nearer Dundee will most likely go to Forthill Primary School. All three of these primary schools are feeder school
Feeder school
Feeder school is a name applied to schools, colleges, universities, or other educational institutions that provide a significant number of graduates who intend to continue their studies at specific schools, or even in specific fields....

s for Grove Academy
Grove Academy
Grove Academy is a secondary school in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. One of the most academically achieving schools in Scotland, Grove Academy enrolls approximately 1500 pupils, the majority of which are from Forthill, Eastern, and Barnhill primary schools...

.

Grove Academy has been rebuilt and opened in late 2009. There are plans for Eastern Primary School to move into the old Grove building. Pupils who live in the Barnhill area used to get the option to attend the Angus
Angus
Angus is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland, a registration county and a lieutenancy area. The council area borders Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross and Dundee City...

 school, Monifieth High School
Monifieth High School
Monifieth High School, a comprehensive state high school in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland, was founded in 1976. Its current headmaster is Richard Coton. The school enrolls approximately 1100 pupils from a catchment area including Monifieth, parts of Barnhill, Birkhill and other rural areas of Angus...

. As of the 1st of January 2009, the option for people living in the Barnhill area to attend Monifieth High School
Monifieth High School
Monifieth High School, a comprehensive state high school in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland, was founded in 1976. Its current headmaster is Richard Coton. The school enrolls approximately 1100 pupils from a catchment area including Monifieth, parts of Barnhill, Birkhill and other rural areas of Angus...

 has been stopped. If any person living in the Barnhill area wishes to go to Monifieth High School
Monifieth High School
Monifieth High School, a comprehensive state high school in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland, was founded in 1976. Its current headmaster is Richard Coton. The school enrolls approximately 1100 pupils from a catchment area including Monifieth, parts of Barnhill, Birkhill and other rural areas of Angus...

, they must apply. Pupils who currently go to Monifieth High School
Monifieth High School
Monifieth High School, a comprehensive state high school in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland, was founded in 1976. Its current headmaster is Richard Coton. The school enrolls approximately 1100 pupils from a catchment area including Monifieth, parts of Barnhill, Birkhill and other rural areas of Angus...

 and live in the Barnhill area will not be affected by these changes.

Facilities


Broughty Ferry has a renovated park at the beachfront which includes a number of facilities, such as crazy golf and children's go-karts. On New Year's Day
New Year's Day
New Year's Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in ancient Rome...

 there is a tradition of swimming between the piers of the harbour
Harbor
A harbor or harbour , or haven, is a place where ships, boats, and barges can seek shelter from stormy weather, or else are stored for future use. Harbors can be natural or artificial...

. A limited train service is available from the railway station
Broughty Ferry railway station
Broughty Ferry railway station serves the suburb of Broughty Ferry in Dundee, Scotland. The station was opened on 6 October 1838 on the Dundee and Arbroath Railway...

.

Culture


Broughty Ferry is the setting for the Bob Servant books and BBC radio series written by Neil Forsyth.

Sport


Broughty Ferry is home to the junior
Scottish Junior Football Association
The Scottish Junior Football Association is an affiliated national association of the Scottish Football Association and is the governing body for the Junior grade of football in Scotland. The term "Junior" refers to the level of football played...

 football
Football (soccer)
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...

 club Broughty Athletic F.C.
Broughty Athletic F.C.
Broughty Athletic F.C. is a Scottish football club based in Broughty Ferry, a suburb of the city of Dundee. Members of the Scottish Junior Football Association, they currently play in the East Region Premier League....



The majority of sports activity takes place in Dawson Park which boasts a number of fields and facilities. The park has five football pitches, a rugby union
Rugby union
Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

 pitch, an American football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

 pitch and several athletics facilities.

In 2006, a new all-weather pitch with floodlights was opened, and is used by the nearby Grove Academy
Grove Academy
Grove Academy is a secondary school in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. One of the most academically achieving schools in Scotland, Grove Academy enrolls approximately 1500 pupils, the majority of which are from Forthill, Eastern, and Barnhill primary schools...

.

Broughty Ferry is also home to two Bowling Clubs: Broughty BC and Broughty Castle BC. Both clubs are open all year round, and their outdoor bowling season runs from April to September.

Panmure Rugby FC (est.1880) has its home at Forthill Sports Club.

Broughty Ferry has two tennis clubs, one of which Broughty Ferry Tennis Club is open all year round and has six all-weather floodlit courts. The other is Forthill Tennis Club which has six courts and a playing season between April and October.

Army Cadet Force


Broughty Ferry is home to Grove Blackwatch which is part of the Angus and Dundee Battalion of the Army Cadet Force. It is a youth organisation which is almost 150 years old.

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