OLD KEITH, BRIDGE OVER RIVER ISLA (Ref:35661)
This building is in the Moray Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 22/02/1972.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NJ 427 508.
Dated 1609 and 1822. Single span narrow, hump-back bridge
linking higher N bank with lower S (approximate directions).
Tooled rubble arch ring and low parapet; widely splayed S
approach with later (probably 20th century stone steps. Worn
coat of arms at E, datestone at W. Approximate span; 27'.
Oldest dated extant bridge in Moray. Arms of Thomas Moray and
Janet Lindsay who built bridge; their connection with Keith
is not known though Groome recounts that they 'were a worthy
couple who lived close to the ford that formerly existed, and
.... who were so distressed by the cries of persons in danger
that they devoted their savings to the erection of a stone
bridge'. Repaired 1724 and 1822.
Upgraded: B to A, 24.3.88
Rev J F S Gordon, THE BOOK OF THE CHRONICLES OF KEITH (1880),
pp. 50-1. Groome's ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND iv (1882),
p. 341. Alistair Scott, BRIDGES I MORAY (1981), no page nos.
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