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Drumlanrig Bridge (Drumlanrig Castle East Approach over River Nith

A Category B Listed Building in Durisdeer, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.2797 / 55°16'46"N

Longitude: -3.797 / 3°47'49"W

OS Eastings: 285950

OS Northings: 599867

OS Grid: NX859998

Mapcode National: GBR 17XD.R5

Mapcode Global: WH5VG.NK3C

Entry Name: Drumlanrig Bridge (Drumlanrig Castle East Approach over River Nith

Listing Date: 3 August 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 335054

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3887

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Durisdeer

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid and Upper Nithsdale

Parish: Durisdeer

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Description

Probably late medieval, but altered. Roadbridge; 2 segmental
arches high above River Nith. Repaired (east side of central
pier and "ledges") March-August 1710 by William Lukup, mason,
Thornhill; further repairs 1747. Roadway widened on
continuous corbel tables 1860 by Charles Howitt of Drumlanrig
estate, parapets, spandrels and wide approaches also built
then. Pink ashlar. Narrow arches on wide abutments and
massive central pier, latter with pointed cutwater either
side splayed below parapet; coped parapets; flat roadway.
Cast-iron lion mask drainage spouts on south end of west
abutment.

Statement of Interest

Rae (writing circa 1740) says that Lukup agreed to repair the

bridge in 1708, but the accounts are dated 1710; the repairs

were necessitated by the timber foundations of that part

having been washed away some 40 years earlier - Duke William

had proposed a new bridge (by Robert Mylne) at the end of

Drumlanrig north avenue and had refused to repair this

bridge. Rae also considered this bridge "may well be

...amongst the monuments of antiquity.....". Shown on view by

John Clerk of Eldin, circa 1760.

Commissioners of Supply agreed (1823) to fund a bridge at

Glenarlie on condition that the Duke of Buccleuch

"pledge..... to free the county of the expense of rebuilding

or repairing the bridge at Drumlanrig for all time....."; in

1850, the commissioners declared it no longer useful or

necessary ......... abandoned". Robert Grierson, Edinburgh,

supplied iron for the bridge (bill 30.5.1710) presumably for

the "in-band clasps" Lukup used.

1860 work exposed upper face of arches, which resembled

"well-worn steps". B group with Drumlanrig Bridge Cottage.

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