Stirling Old Bridge
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Taxes were charged on all goods entering the Burgh and customs men occupied a covered booth in a niche at the centre of the bridge. In 1571 Archbishop Hamilton was executed by being hung from a specially constructed gallows set up on the bridge.
That was not the end of the drama at the bridge, for in 1745 the Old Bridge played a part in Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite Rebellion. As the Prince's Highlanders advanced on Stirling, General Blackney, in charge of the defences, blew up the southernmost arch to prevent the rebels from crossing. The bridge was rebuilt in 1749.
The Old Bridge stands just upstream of an earlier wooden bridge where William Wallace routed the English forces at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.
You can view the bridge from the western end of Bridgehaugh Road, off the B823 on the east bank of the river, or from a footpath off the east end of Lawrencecroft Road on the west bank.
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About Stirling Old Bridge
Address: Causewayhead Road, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Bridge
Location: Where the A9 crosses the River Forth at Stirling.
Website: Stirling Old Bridge
Photo Credit: william craig, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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