General Wade's Military Roads :: Shared Description
General George Wade (1673-1748) has given his name to military roads all over Scotland. During a distinguished Army career, the Hanoverian government appointed him Commander in Chief of His Majesty's forces, castles, forts and barracks in North Britain in 1725, part of his remit being to maintain peace in the Highlands following the Jacobite Rising of 1715. Until his promotion in 1739 to General of Horse, he masterminded the construction of some 240 miles of roads and bridges where there had previously been only rough tracks. The military purpose was to facilitate the movement of troops, but the military roads brought great benefits to the economy and the population in general. His legacy includes what is now the A9 from Perth to Inverness; the present A82 from Fort William to Inverness; the Corrieyairack road from Kingussie to Spean Bridge; the Devil's Elbow and Lecht roads; and the minor road from Aberfeldy to Dalnacardoch.
He is commemorated by an often-quoted couplet, said to have been carved on a stone by one of his roads.
"If you had seen this road before it was made,
You would lift up your hands and bless General Wade."
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Created: Thu, 11 Oct 2012, Updated: Wed, 12 Jun 2013
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