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Digital image of E/6443 CN.

SC 691359

Description Digital image of E/6443 CN.

Catalogue Number SC 691359

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of E 6443 CN

Scope and Content Luggie Water Aqueduct, Forth & Clyde Canal, East Dunbartonshire, from north This shows Luggie Aqueduct which was designed and built in 1772 by Smeaton. The voussoir (arch formed with wedge-shaped stones) has a central keystone and is surmounted by a string-course. The string-course underneath the cast-iron railings is supported on projecting blocks. Campsie Railway built a culvert for Luggie Water underneath this aqueduct in 1858. This enabled the railway company to run railway tracks underneath the aqueduct and on top of the culvert. This is one of two main aqueducts on the canal, the other being the four-arched Kelvin Aqueduct at Maryhill, Glasgow. The Forth & Clyde Canal was built between 1768 and 1790. It could have been completed sooner but funds ran out in 1777 and more money was not found by the government until 1784. John Smeaton (1724-92) was the designer and first chief engineer for the project. He was replaced in 1777 by Robert Mackell (d.1779), and in 1785 Robert Whitworth (1734-99) took over the building of the final section of the canal from Glasgow. When the canal was completed in 1790 it ran from the River Forth at Grangemouth, in the east, to Bowling on the River Clyde in the west of Scotland. The canal was linked to Edinburgh when the Union Canal was opened in 1822. The Forth & Clyde Canal was closed in 1963 and the Union Canal in 1965 and the construction of new roads meant that it was impossible for boats to travel along the full length of these watercourses. However, the £84.5m Millennium Link project enabled the canals to reopen in 2002. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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