MHG14243 - Monument - Bonar Bridge


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  • COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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A memorial column with industrial faces commemorating and describing the earlier bridges over the river at Bonar Bridge. <1>

Photograph, copyright of RCAHMS attached to, previously unscanned, record card. Inscription reads:
"Travellers: Stop and read with gratitude the names of the Parliamentary Comissioners appointed in the year 1803, to direct the making of about 500 miles of roads through the Highlands of Scotland and of numerous bridges, particularly those at beauly, Scuddel, Bonar, Fleet and Helmsdale conecting those roads: viz -
Rt. Hon. Charles Abbot
Rt. Hon. Nicholas Vansitart
Rt. Hon. William Dundas
Sir William Pulteney BAR
Isaac Hawkins Brown ESQ
Charles Grant ESQ
William Smith ESQ
to whom were afterwards added
Archibald Colquhourn ESQ LORD ADVOCATE
Charles Dundas ESQ
Rt. Hon. Nathaniel Fond

This building was begun September 1st 1811 and finished November 1812. <2>

In 2014 ARCH provided a number of courses, field trips and other activities exploring and researching the remains of the 19th century engineer, road and church builder Thomas Telford. A project was undertaken in Kyle of Sutherland, during which many sites were visited and photographed by participants. The monument was researched, visited and photographed during this project. According to Robert Southey (Journal of a Tour in Scotland in 1819), George Dempster, owner of Skibo estate which included much of the land on the north side of the Firth at Bonar Bridge) had the plaque erected. Sutherland County Roads Committee minutes for October 1816 mention that Dempster has ordered the the marble tablet. As a result, it dates sometime between 1816 and 1819 (when Southey wrote his account). Southey, who was a friend of Telford, remarked: 'The inscription is full of errors both as to the Commissioners and the extent of the roads; and to crown all it is fixed against the Toll House instead of the Bridge.' (p. 131). The toll house no longer survives, and seems to have been shortlived. Presumably at some later date the plaque was moved to its present location. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 6099 9152 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH69SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish CREICH

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