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Union Canal (Continued) 031.10 [continued from page 35]
* passing Falkirk on the south Near Slateford it is carried over a ravine and the water of Leith by a bridge 65 feet in height and 500 feet in length. It is swept over the valley of the Avon, a little above Linlithgow, by an aqueduct of still more stupendous proportions, which is beautiful and imposing as a work of art, and is seen to great advantage from miles distant, as well as from the line of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, which is carried by a splendid viaduct over the same valley.
For 30 miles from Port-Hopetoun, the Canal is carried on the level, and the remainder and very short distance till its junction with the Forth and Clyde is occupied by 11 locks, each 10 feet in depth so that the Union at the head of the locks, is 110 feet above the level of the Forth and Clyde Canal adjoining. It is 40 feet broad at the top of the water-way 20 at the bottom and is 5 in depth throughout. The line for 10 miles west from Edinburgh was opened on the 22nd March 1822, and throughout its entire length early in May thereafter. The estimated cost of the construction was set down by the engineers at £235,167, the actual expense for necessary outlay, in addition to the loss of interest on outlaid money, had advanced within four years of its opening to £600,000. Another is, that while the estimated annual revenue, was calculated at £55,000, the real return, within Seven Years, after the opening of the Canal did not amount to £17,000 per annum." The foregoing is extracted from the Gazetteer of Scotland.

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Ph. [Parish] of Muiravonside

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