Old Bonar Bridge

Old Bonar Bridge

Year: 1870 | Included in Albums: Places

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This bridge was built in 1811/12 to the plan of Telford. It provided the first road link between Ross-shire and Sutherland but was destroyed by flood in 1892. Does anyone know anything about the sailing boat in the picture and/or a more accurate date for when the photo was taken?

Cat No. 2107.2
Year 1870
Albums Places
Date added February 23rd, 2004
Added by Tain & District Museum
7 Visitor Comments
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    Brian MacLeod

    The sailing ship is a "Hermaphrodite Brig", so called because the sail plan is a mix between square sails (foremast) and fore-and-aft sails (aftermast). The fore-and-aft sails give maneuverability in different winds while the square sails give good speed downwind.

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    Linda & Bob Bonar

    How could I get good photos/drawings/paintings of the Bonar Bridge - Old and New bridges? Also the Bonar Castle? Our family name is Bonar and we are from Iowa in the USA.

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    Ross

    Have a look at the 2nd picture here http://www.rchs.uhi.ac.uk/communit/t33/ht/ph/t33_ht_ph02.html there are some similarities

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    Andrew Mackenzie

    Hello Linda and Bob. I can give you some images if you contact me by e-mail andrew_d_mackenzie 'at' hotmail.com. On the castle, you must be thinking of Carbisdale Castle. I have created the wikipedia page for Bonar (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonar_Bridge) where you can find more information on Bonar and linked to information about Carbisdale. I'd be interested to hear the history of your surname.

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    Robin Tully

    My Great Grandfather Alexander Fergus ROSS was born in Tain 1842 to Mary (nee MACKAY) & John ROSS and was educated at Tain Royal Academy. His father a prominent shipowner and possible a farmer. Any Ideas were I could find any further information on either the any of these people? Many Thanks

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    Julie Kemp

    I think my ancestor James McPherson [great great great grandfather] was a Farmer at 'Maikel' in the very late 1790's and early 1800's. I wonder if this was also known as Meikle Ferry?

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    Julie Kemp

    This is Julie Kemp typing! I have since found that a James McPherson was a "Farmer, of Meikle Ferry, in the parish of Creich, Sutherland" - this description was given in the marriage registration record for his daughter, Isabella who married Angus McDonald, in Edinburgh, in Jan 1833. I would very much like to hear from anybody who has some knowledge of my ancestor. Cheers, Julie

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