Lochee is an area of Dundee, Scotland. It has a population of approximately 10,000. Until the 19th century, it was a separate town which developed in the 18th century with handloom weaving and in the 19th century as a centre of textile industries, such as spinning, bleaching, dyeing and linen manufacture. By the 20th century, the area had been surrounded by the growing city of Dundee. The name 'Lochee' means 'eye of the loch', referring to the town's location on the banks of Loch Balgay which was drained in the 16th century for farmland.
The area was home to many Irish immigrants who started to arrive in Dundee, and Lochee in particular, around 1825. Many immigrants were attracted to the area by the prospect of employment in the city's jute mills. There was little in the way of blatant sectarianism towards the immigrants (though religious discrimination still existed as Dundee differed in comparison to the West Coast of Scotland in that mass migration from Northern Ireland (hence Protestant) did not occur, thus the Lochee Irish tended to settle better.
During the 20th century, some parts of Lochee were transformed by housing developments built by Dundee City Council. This included the construction of two multi storey tower blocks:
Both of these were demolished in an £800,000 demolition programe in July 2002.