Devorguilla's Bridge

(Old Bridge)

The Auld Bridge over the River Nith, Dumfries
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The Auld Bridge over the River Nith, Dumfries

A mediaeval bridge on the site of a ford which was an ancient crossing point over the River Nith at Dumfries, Devorguilla's Bridge (or the Old Bridge) named for Devorguilla (c.1209-90), the mother of King John Balliol. This rough ashlar and rubble-built structure, with massive triangular cutwaters, was constructed c.1430-32 with the support of the Pope, making it one of the oldest in Scotland.

It was reconstructed after having been badly damaged by a flood in 1620. The parapets were rebuilt in 1725 and the bridge was shortened from nine arches to six in 1828 following land reclamation associated with the construction of Whitesands. The westernmost arch is slightly pointed, whereas the others are gently rounded. Now a foot-bridge, it was A-listed in 1961.

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