There's been some back and forth on the Galloway Raiders Facebook page recently regarding the Raiders Bridge. 19th century postcards abound - here's one example. But where exactly is it? And is it really Crockett's 'Raider's Bridge'? Feel free to add your comments:
This is the picture by Copland in ‘Crockett and Grey Galloway’ which shows the bridge. The location of this bridge (I’ll confess I’ve not been there myself) is at the Hensol Estate:
The best information I have is as follows:
For those for whom maps mean anything here's a link: http://archive.is/D5OL
MOSSDALE 77/84 : NX 6570 (Philip’s D&G Street Atlas 104)
Airds of Kells (1743 or earlier): Two-storey farmhouse and pavilions.
Hensol Estate: Tudor Lodge (c.1825) and bridge possible by Lugar. The Lainshaw Sundial (C17) has numerous dials.
Hensol House (1822-4): Large Tudor villa mansion in grey granite by Robert Lugar. Four ogee-roofed square towers.
Site Name Hensol Bridge
Classification Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)
Alternative Name(s) Bridge Over Black Water Of Dee
Canmore ID 210410
Site Number NX67SE 53
NGR NX 66366 70081
Datum OSGB36 – NGR
(if that means anything to you, good luck!)
This is a photograph of Raiders Bridge from the Galloway Raiders Dr Donaldson archive, taken in the 1970s. The eagle eyed among you will realise that the bridge mentioned (and shown here) is much later than the action of The Raiders. There was an earlier bridge, so we can assume the ‘Brig o’ Dee’ and ‘Bridgehead’ mentioned in The Raiders is an older bridge, near this one, and there’s an amount of artistic/dramatic license employed both by Crockett and photographers who claim ‘The Raiders Bridge’ at Hensol. It was good for the tourists though!
I’m happy to enter into more in depth conversation about the Raiders Bridge. If you want to comment please do so.