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"The bridges are kept in a good state of repair. The only one deserving of
"particular notice is the Guard or Gair Bridge, which affords a passage across
"the Eden, at the point where the roads from Dundee and Cupar to St. Andrews
"meet. It was constructed four centuries ago, by Bishop Wardlaw, the founder
"of the University. It consists of six arches, and the only inconvenience attending
"it is it's narrowness, which is such as not to admit of two carriages passing each other."
New Stat: acct: [Statistical Account] Page 478

Before closing this episcopate [Bishop Wardlaw's], it ought to be recorded of our bishop, that he has the
credit of having built the handsome bridge over the river Eden, four miles from St. Andrews, which,
at the time. was reckoned the finest in Scotland, except those at Aberdeen and Glasgow.
The fact of its having been constructed by Wardlaw, rests on the authority of Martins,
Spottiswood, and others, who, however, do not inform us as whence they derived their in-
formation. But it ought to be known, that on two of the buttresses, and on the
keystone of one of the arches of this bridge, are three coats of arms. That on the
arch is so much effaced, that nothing can be distinguished except the mitre crest
above the shield, and a small scroll hanging down on each side of it. But the two
on the buttresses are the well-known arms of Archbishop James Beaton, whose initials

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