‘Oor Wullie’ creator honoured

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop and Councillor Kevin Cordell with the Dudley D. Watkins plaque.
Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop and Councillor Kevin Cordell with the Dudley D. Watkins plaque.

A new plaque has been unveiled in Broughty Ferry commemorating the life of illustrator and cartoonist Dudley D. Watkins.

Historic Scotland launched a plaque scheme which aims to celebrate the life and achievements of historic figures with a plaque on their home or a building which may have strong associations with the recipient.

This year’s theme is The Year of Creative Scotland.

Dudley Dexter Watkins, who was born in February, 1907, and died in August 1969, was a British cartoonist and illustrator.

He is best known for his characters ‘Oor Wullie’ and ‘The Broons’. Comic strips featuring them have appeared in The Sunday Post since 1936, along with annual compilations.

Watkins also illustrated for comics such as The Beano, The Dandy, The Beezer and Topper, and provided illustrations for Christian stories.

Councillor Kevin Cordell commented: “I was delighted to attend the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate the life and work of the late Dudley D. Watkins.

“For many, Dudley D Watkins raised illustration to an art form and ‘The Broons’ and ‘Oor Wullie’ are synonymous with Dundee and Scotland and ex-pats the world over still receive their annuals every Christmas.”

The plaque will be situated on the wall of the artist’s former home in Reres Road, Broughty Ferry.

It is one of 12 being awarded this year and was unveiled in front of friends and family of Dudley by Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop.

Councillor Cordell continued: “I think this plaque is a great way to mark the history that is all around us but which may have been forgotten or simply not thought ‘important’ enough to be acknowledged. Historic Scotland will be running a series of themed years and would welcome recommendations for plaques.”