The Birnam Oak (Quercus petrae) simply reeks of history. “I will not be afraid of death and bane till Birnam Forest come to Dunisnane.” Macbeth, Act V, Scene III The tree is believed to be part of the wood from which Malcolm's soldiers cut branches to disguise their attack on Macbeth at Dunsinane Hill, 15 miles to the south east. Today the gnarled and ancient oak certainly looks medieval – its lower branches rest wearily on crutches and the first 3 metres/ 10 ft of its trunk are hollow.
Union Street, Dundee - Ref: WC0654 This photograph shows the southern end of Dundee's Union Street from the front of Caledonian Railway Station with Whitehall Crescent leading to the east and right. It was probably taken in 1898, when demolition started in the area to make way for the improvements of Whitehall Crescent, including the erection of the new Tay Hotel, to designs by Robert Hunter, on the site occupied by Fairweathers.