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CADGERS BRIDGE Cadgers Bridge
Cadgers Bridge
Cadgers Bridge
Rev. [Reverend] John Christison
Mr James Morrison
Mr Robert Glen
034.09 A small stone foot bridge spanning Biggar Burn. It is not known at what time or by what means it was built, but is considered to be of Roman construction. The stone battlements, which, no doubt, it formerly had, from traces of them still remaining, have given place to iron railing. The name is derived from the following circumstance, mentioned in the statistical acct, [account] and is also traditional in the neighbourhood "The English are said to have approached the field by Cors-Coryne, and the Scots from their encampment on Tinto. Wallace, it is told, some time before the battle, gained admission to the enemy's camp, disguised as a cadger offering to sell provisions. By this means he ascertained their strength and position, but had no sooner departed than suspicion rose, and he was instantly pursued. On reaching a bridge over Biggar Water "(Biggar Burn)" at the west end of the town, he turned on his pursuers, and putting the fourmost to death made good his escape. There is still a foot bridge over the stream to the west of Biggar, which has been called from time immemorial the 'cadgers brig' ".

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Parish of Biggar

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