Old Photograph Re-opening of Auld Brig O' Ayr Scotland


Old photograph of the re-opening of Auld Brig O' Ayr in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. Ayr's most famous landmark, the Auld Brig. Built in the 15th century, the bridge featured in Robert Burns's poems " The Brigs o' Ayr " and " Tam o'Shanter ". By the start of the 20th century the bridge was in poor condition and was almost demolished. However, a campaign led by architect and local historian James Archibald Morris, born 1857, died 1942, and supported by the Earl of Rosebery, was successful in raising funds for restoring the Auld Brig to its former glory. As the cover of the album informs us, £11,000 was raised from subscribers around the world, with the restoration work taking place between 1907 and 1910. The Earl of Rosebery re-opened the bridge on 29 July 1910.

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