Bridge of Dee
The Bridge of Dee or Brig o' Dee is a road bridge over the River Dee in
Aberdeen, Scotland. The term is also used for the surrounding area of the city. Dating from 1527,Richards, J.M., "The National Trust Book of Bridges", Jonathan Cape, 1984, ISBN 0-224-02106-0] the bridge crosses at what was once the City of Aberdeen's southern boundary. This was the site of a battle in 1639 between the Royalists under Viscount Aboyneand the Covenanters who were led by the Marquess of Montrose and Earl Marischal.
The Bridge of Dee is approximately 30 feet (10 m) above typical water height and consists of seven nearly semicircular ribbed arches, built using
graniteand Elgin sandstone. Today the bridge carries the main A90 roadinto Aberdeen from the south.
The bridge is located at the northern terminus of the
Causey Mounth, a medieval drovers' roadconnecting Stonehavento Aberdeen. This ancient trackwayspecifically connected the Bridge of Dee via Bourtreebush, Muchalls Castleand Stonehavento the south. [ [http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=17932 C. Michael Hogan, "Causey Mounth", Megalithic Portal, ed. Andy Burnham, Nov. 3, 2007] ] The route was that taken by William Keith, 7th Earl Marischaland the Marquess of Montrosewhen they led a Covenanterarmy of 9000 men in the first battle of the Civil War in 1639. [Archibald Watt, "Highways and Byways around Kincardineshire", Stonehaven Heritage Society (1985)]
The bridge was built following a bequest of £20,000 by Bishop
William Elphinstonewho died in 1514. The bridge was completed by Bishop Gavin Dunbar. It was nearly all rebuilt 1718-23, and in 1841 was widened from 14 to 26 feet (from four to eight metres) under the direction of Aberdeen City Architect John Smith. Smith also designed the Shakkin' Briggie, and worked on the Bridge of Don with Telford and Wellington Bridge with Captain Samuel Brown.
Until 1832, this was the only access to the city from the south. The bridge still features the original 16th-century piers, coats of arms and passing places.cite web| url=http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/features/featurefirst1487.html| title=Bridge of Dee| author=Gazeteer for Scotland| accessdate=2007-04-28]
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