Bridge of Earn (Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid ?ireann) is a tiny town in Perthshire, Scotland. Often described simply as ‘The Brig’ (Scots for ‘bridge’). The town was raised on the southern bank of the important crossing of the River Earn, whose sandstone bridge been around from at least the first 14th century, when it’s recognized to have been mended by order of Ruler Robert I of Scotland (1306-1329) (site: NO 133 185). Considerable remains of the middle ages bridge (rendered redundant by an upgraded, still used, just a little upstream in 1821-22) survived in to the 1970s, when virtually all the stonework was demolished, for (allegedly) being in a dangerously ruinous condition. This historical bridge was a significant landmark on the highway between Edinburgh (39 a long way south) and Perth (4 a long way north) for many ages. The village’s oldest homes should be found lining the street (Back Avenue/Old Edinburgh Street) leading south from the website of the demolished bridge. Included in this are some with 18th-century datestones.
The ruined Old Bridge of Earn (and area of the town) are highlighted in the 1857 painting Sir Isumbras at the Ford by John Everett Millais (1829-1896), who often remained at local Perth. Addititionally there is an early on 19th-century lithograph displaying the composition as complete in Sketches of Landscapes in Perthshire by David Octavius Hill (1802-1870).
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