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Strathclyde Country Park, South Calder Water, Roman Bridge

Bridge (18th Century)

Site Name Strathclyde Country Park, South Calder Water, Roman Bridge

Classification Bridge (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Bothwellhaugh Bridge

Canmore ID 45650

Site Number NS75NW 1

NGR NS 72889 57961

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Lanarkshire
  • Parish Bothwell (Motherwell)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Motherwell
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes

NS75NW 1 72889 57961.

(NS 7289 5796) Roman Bridge (R)

OS 6" map (1910)

About 1/4 mile E of Bothwell Haugh there is a bridge across the South Calder, supposed to be of Roman construction. It consists of one semi-circular arch without parapets (NSA 1845). General Roy, in 1793, does not mention the bridge although he must have been fully acquainted with it.

J Macdonald 1895

This bridge is obviously of medieval or later origin; no evidence of Roman work was found in it.

J M Davidson 1952

This small, hump-backed bridge, 14m long and 2.8m wide, has a modern cobbled surface. It is definitely not Roman, though it does appear to be very old, possibly medieval in origin as suggested above.

Visited by OS (JLD) 8 September 1953

Possibly 18th century.

SDD List, undated.

It is probable that this bridge was restored by James Hamilton in the late 17th century. While it may have originated as a medieval pack-horse bridge, a Roman bridge must have existed here or near here next to the Roman bathhouse, fort and road (NS75NW 2 and NS75NW 23 RRX 509).

J Sloan 1986.

Architecture Notes


Photographs: National Portrait Gallery.

'Glasgow and Lanarkshire Illustrated'

1910 Cat 1935. c/July 1946. p. 96

National Library of Scotland

'Sketches of Scottish Scenery' - 1 sketch


Photographic Record (1865 - 1867)

Photograph album with photos compiled and photographed by J McGhie, Hamilton.


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