NS4075 : Glasgow Road crossing Gruggies Burn

taken 9 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Glasgow Road crossing Gruggies Burn
Glasgow Road crossing Gruggies Burn
I saw no signs of very old structures here, but the burn used to be crossed at this point by a bridge (1768) built by John Brown (NS3975 : The gravestone of John Brown). Elsewhere in Dumbarton, he had already built a bridge over the Leven: NS3975 : Dumbarton Bridge.

There had been an earlier stone bridge (c.1663) over Gruggies Burn. Before that, there had been at least one timber bridge (probably several of them in succession). See NS4075 : Gruggies Burn for more information on the burn and on all of the bridges mentioned above; that picture was taken from the modern bridge that is shown in the present photograph, and which carries Glasgow Road over the burn.
Gruggies Burn

This burn in Dumbarton arises from the confluence of the Garshake and Overtoun Burns. In the past, some have linked its name to Bishop William Scroggie, but it is far more likely that it takes its name from the Grugie family who, in the 17th century, lived near the point where the turnpike road (on the line of what is now Dumbarton Road) crossed the burn by means of a bridge that was shown as "Grugiesbrigg" on Roy's Military Survey; the family name is now associated with the burn as a whole. The burn flows into the Clyde a little to the east of Dumbarton Rock. The prominent deep channel there on the shore was dredged by Blackburn Aircraft, who had a factory nearby, and who transported their completed machines across the Clyde by barge.

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Date Taken
Friday, 1 June, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 7 June, 2012
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Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Roads, Road transport 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4065 7502 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.5038N 4:33.1789W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4064 7500
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