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- Category: A
- Date Added: 05/02/1971
- Local Authority: South Ayrshire
- Planning Authority: South Ayrshire
- Burgh: Ayr
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 33859 22113
- Coordinates: 233859, 622113
1470-1525; numerous repairs in 16th and 17th centuries; restored James Morris and WS Wilson 1907-10. Coursed, squared sandstone hogback bridge; stepped coping. 4 segmental stone arches; voussoirs; cutwaters; curved wingwalls; lamp standards to parapet.
Statement of Special Interest
De-scheduled 11.12.1998. In his poem 'The Brigs of Ayr' Robert Burns correctly forecasted that the Auld Brig would outlast the New Bridge (see separate list description) standing approximately 500 yards apart. In the early 20th century a vigorous campaign was launched for its repair, Lord Rosebery lamenting in an address, "Why, sir, the great millionaires of the world, who spend their substance in giving thousands for manuscript copies of his [Robert Burns'] poems, they would give hundreds of thousands for a shake of his hand, or for the sound of his voice, and yet we cannot raise ?10,000, now that he is dead, to save the object on which his heart was set." Auld Brig was substantially repaired in 1907-10 and is still in current use as a pedestrian crossing to the town. Photographs of the Brig's repair can be found in NMRS Photographic Library, taken by John B Lawson in 1907 (AY/1704-1729). The authors of HISTORIC AYR suggest a nearby ford, provided access to the High Street prior to the erection of the Auld Brig.
Armstrong's Plan of the Town of Ayr, 1775 (SRO RPH 2553) (evident); James Paterson HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF AYR, Vol 1 (1847), p179; F H Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND (1892, 2nd edition), p98; ADDRESS BY THE RIGHT HON. THE EARL OF ROSEBERY KG KT ON BEHALF OF THE FUND FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE AULD BRIG O'AYR (1906); James A Morris THE BRIG OF AYR AND SOMETHING OF ITS STORY (1912); THE THIRD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND: AYRSHIRE (1951), p533; "Ancient Monuments in Ayrshire" in AYRSHIRE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS, Vol 4 (1955-1957) pp236-8; AYR, PRESTWICK AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL GUIDE (1967), p15; Ronald Brash and Allan Leach ROUND OLD AYR (1972) (unmarked pages); William Dodd "Ayr: A Study of Urban Growth" in AYRSHIRE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS, Vol 10 (1972), pp 331, 351, 358; Robert Gourlay & Anne Turner HISTORIC AYR: THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF DEVELOPMENT (1977), p8; Eric de Mare BRIDGES OF BRITAIN (1987, 3rd edition), p131; John Strawhorn & Ken Andrew DISCOVERING AYRSHIRE (1988), p101; Rob Close AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN (1992), p14; R & J Kennedy OLD AYR (1992), pp 4, 33; Dane Love PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AYR (1995), pp10, 12, 25; NMRS Photographic Archive (AY/2349, AY/1704-1729).
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