Caulfeild’s Military Bridge

The military story behind some of Scotland’s roads.

Major William Caulfeild, the British government’s Inspector of Roads from 1732 to 1767, was responsible for building new roads and bridges in the Highlands of Scotland, the aim of which was to bring order to the parts of the country that had rebelled in the Jacobite rising of 1715.

Although not as well known as his predecessor, General George Wade, he led the construction of four times as much road than Wade across Scotland, including the road from Blairgowrie to Braemar on which this bridge is built.

As well as allowing quicker access for the soldiers to traverse the country it also allowed the drovers and smugglers to move their cattle and goods around.

 

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