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Updated 07/11/2019


Conference at Bonar Bridge

Conference at Bonar Bridge was composed by 26th Cameronian Regiment Pipe Major (for one day) Alexander MacLeod (1829-1903). MacLeod was a well-known composer, his best tunes being “The 26th Cameronians”; “The Drunken Piper”; “Weel Dune, my Hielan Lads”; “The Wee Sergeant’s March”; “March to Pretoria”; “Relief of Mafeking”; and the “Sinclair’s Welcome to Edinburth.”

Bonar Bridge is a village on the north bank of the Kyle of Sutherland to the west and the Dornoch Firth to the east in the Parish of Creich in the Highland council area of Scotland.

Construction of the first bridge (shown above) across the Kyle of Sutherland at Bonar Bridge started in September 1811 and completed in November 1812. The components of the bridge were cast in Denbighshire and assembled there, before being taken apart and transported to its site for re-erection.

The replacement bridge of steel and granite was "built by The County Councils of Ross and Cromarty and Sutherland 1893 Opened 6th, July, 1893.”

The third bridge built at Bonar is the currently standing bridge. It was built alongside the older bridge while it was still standing (but considered weak and needing renewal) and after it was opened to traffic on 14 December 1973 the second bridge was dismantled.