Gangs of Dundee

Gangs of Dundee


Gary Robertson

ISBN: 9781906307028

Binding: paperback

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Ye knew wah ah the ither gangs wir, ye knew the colours an ye knew maist o the nuttirz. No bein associated wi a gang wizna really an option. The law o the street jungle prevailed.

Dundee has a long, illustrious, and well-documented history – the city of ‘jute, jam and journalism’. There is, however, one aspect of Scotland’s fourth largest city yet to be told – the story of Dundee’s gangs. 

From the Huns to the Shimmy, the Shams and the Fleet, the stories of generation after generation of Dundee’s youths have without doubt been shaped by gang culture. It is this side of Dundee’s history that rap poet, and former gang member, Gary Robertson reveals in this book. 

From the emergence of the gangs in the mid sixties through to today’s fresh-faced recruits, Robertson gives us a captivating insight into another side of Dundee’s violent past; into the youths who battled on its streets, the social problems that led to the creation of the gangs, and the individual stories of some of those involved.

Robertson has told the story of the gangs in their own words, basing his accounts on interviews with former and current gang members, giving an anecdotal, colourful, and fundamentally true-to-life history of this volatile subject.

Table of contents:

Introduction 1

Poem: Gangs o Dundee 5

From Slums to Schemes 7

Teds, Music and Vandalism 13

Into the Sixties 19

The Huns Are Coming 27

Courting Trouble 39

The Shimmy 47

The Mad Years 57

A Sense o Identity 65

The Fintry Shams 69

The Mid 81

Beechie Mob 87

The Lochee Fleet 95

The Hulltoon Huns 107

The SHADE 117

The Whitfield Shams 119

HULA, Douglas Toddy, YMB and Ardler Pak 125

Northern Soul 129

The Gangs Are Back 135

Rise o the Casuals 149

Here to Stay 159

Nae Regrets… Well, Some 171


Dundee in the 1970s was a fearsome place where gangs ruled the city's schemes. Territory was everything and frequent, bloody battles were fought over turf.  Dundee Courier