NS6065 : Wishart Street and the Bridge of Sighs

taken 6 years ago, near to Glasgow, Great Britain

Wishart Street and the Bridge of Sighs
Wishart Street and the Bridge of Sighs
For a history of the bridge, see NS6065 : Bridge of Sighs. For other views, see NS6065 : Bridge of Sighs and the Necropolis, NS6065 : Glasgow: bridge over Wishart Street, and NS6065 : Wishart Street.

Glasgow Necropolis LinkExternal link is at the right-hand (eastern) end of the bridge, and the Cathedral Precinct at the other end (part of the Cathedral's steeple is visible at the upper left).

There was no Wishart Street here when the bridge was built; instead, the dam for the Sub-dean Mill (also written Subdean Mill) was located under the main arch. It was only later, when the mill and the rights pertaining to it had been purchased, that Wishart Street was created. The street runs along the former course of the Molendinar Burn (which had powered the mill); the historic burn itself is now culverted for almost all of its length (see NS6065 : Ladywell Street, Glasgow and NS6065 : The Molendinar Burn).

There was a Bishop Robert Wishart of Glasgow (c13-14), who is worthy of note, not least for the support he gave to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce during the Scottish Wars of Independence; the NS6065 : Tomb of Bishop Wishart is in nearby Glasgow Cathedral. However, it is possible that the street name refers, instead, to the reformer George Wishart, an associate of John Knox; there is a monument to Knox nearby: NS6065 : John Knox Monument on the Necropolis.

I have not come across any contemporary documentary evidence to settle the question one way or the other, but a reference to the latter Wishart would sit better with the religious views of those responsible for the various works carried out in this area (see, for example, NS6065 : Memorial to James Ewing of Strathleven).
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 8 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 26 August, 2012
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Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6030 6548 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.7317N 4:14.0230W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6028 6540
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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